The other day I was sitting down at my piano while composing when I encountered something that I had noticed a few times in the past. Here is what happened:
- I pressed the down the damper pedal
- Immediately afterwards, I realized I didn't want to press that yet so I lifted my foot.
- Immediately afterwards, I realized that I actually did want to press the pedal so I pressed it down again.
This quick "snap" of the damper pedal left an ambient - almost percussive - sound echoing out of the piano body. I also noticed that if I kept "pumping" the damper pedal, the sound would increase in volume and would become more "surrounding".
I realized that for my piece that I was writing, that would create a perfect occasional background sound for the actual piano sound to sit on top of.
My main question is this: how would I represent this in sheet music? I realized I could try something like this (I apologize for the formatting):
This looks a little weird though and the performer may not understand it. Perhaps a note should be included in the piece description?
Some side questions for clarification:
Does this actually work on all pianos? I own an upright piano that's about ~100 years old and I don't get that many opportunities to play other types of pianos, so I don't know if this is something that is common across other pianos.
Is this "okay practice" for piano pieces?