What do these lines/square brackets mean under the notes? It seems to be grouping them together somehow, but what exactly does it mean?

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Those are pedal markings. When you get to one of them, depress the damper pedal (the right-most pedal) with your foot. Every time you get to the end of one of those markings stop depressing the pedal.


The lines are pedal markings. Like ericw31415 wrote, once you get to them, press the pedal down with your foot (On the piano there are three. Normally, you would use the third one on the very right) then once you get the end of the marking, you release.


Those are pedal markings. Use your right foot to press the right pedal on the piano. Everytime you get to the end of the pedal markings, release your foot, then quickly press back down if there is another one that follows.That way the piano doesn't sound that messy, and it has a dreamy feeling to it.


I'd guess they were badly-written sustain pedal markings. Except that they don't make much musical sense. They would merely blur the RH notes - and if you wanted that effect, why not in the first bar too? - and aren't necessary to achive legato in the LH. I wouldn't worry too much over what isn't a very well thought-out bit of notation.

  • Not useful to mention that we should be critical of musical notation, particularly when it is non-standard and messy?
    – Laurence
    Dec 31, 2017 at 15:44

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