So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster, and so it would seem that just writing 'lift slowly' won't be effective. For this reason I'm wandering if there might be a graphic solution for notating pedal lifting, such as using hairpins?

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    Not in Sibelius AFAIK, but Dorico can handle this (and lots more contemporary pedalling marks) both in the score and in playback, if your sound library or physical modelled piano can handle "continuous" pedal position inputs rather than just "pedal up/pedal down" switching. The graphic notation is just a sloping pedal line, with the vertical position of the line showing the pedal position. – user19146 Aug 13 '18 at 20:38
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    @alephzero that's really an answer; perhaps you could post w/ an image of the notation? – Carl Witthoft Aug 14 '18 at 12:10
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    As someone who is way too poor to afford Dorico, I would bite the bullet and add a notation to "lift pedal slowly". Special instructions happen all the time in sheet music. – Todd Wilcox Aug 14 '18 at 13:22

The effect you get by lifting the pedal slowly is similar to what you get when playing flagolettes, or harmonics on string instruments. You could adapt the standard simbol for that, and indicate with a line the duration of it.

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