I am writing a piano score in Sibelius, and I need to hold and lift the pedal every bar. But writing it explicitly makes the score heavy so I need a quick notation that means the same thing. Pedal every bar
Here I added a text with 3 _ like "etc.", but I don't think that's rigorous. (I am not using the pedal line with the lifting arrow because I find this even heavier than the "Ped. *" notation)

Any ideas ?

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    Just try "simile" or "Pedale simile" where the next Ped marking would go.
    – user16935
    Nov 26, 2015 at 17:17
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    Because it's arpeggiated over the same chord, is there actually a need to mark it? I think most pianists would use the sustain pedal as a matter of course, given these circumstances, and instinctively know when to change pedal.
    – Tim
    Nov 26, 2015 at 17:21
  • Thanks, I will do that ! And yes, it's pretty obvious but I wanted to write it, and it's still good to know for less obvious scores :-)
    – qreon
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:01
  • @Patrx2 That seems to be an answer rather than a comment and not just any answer, but the accepted answer. Could you maybe make it an actual answer?
    – 11684
    Dec 28, 2015 at 23:35

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I would mark in the pedal for 1-3 occurrences, whichever is long enough to establish the pattern clearly, then mark "simile" or "Pedale simile" where the next pedal mark would fall.

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