Questions tagged [keyboard-pedals]

For questions pertaining to the use and history of keyboard pedals, including but not limited to the sustain pedal, the sostenuto pedal, and the piano pedal. Please do not use the pedal tag.

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Bought a sustain pedal for my keyboard, notes don't fade out as fast as I expect when I raise the pedal. Deficiency of the pedal or of my playing?

I've been practicing with a keyboard for almost two years now. I bought my keyboard used and it came with a lower quality pedal that I didn't use much. The pedal eventually broke (always sustaining) ...
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Unusual Pedal(?) Marking, Hungarian Dance No.5 Arr. Merle J Isaac

Not too sure what the markings from 77-81 and 83-87 are asking for, my instructor thought some sort of pedal marking but we weren’t really sure what it was specifically asking for, and we don’t have a ...
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How to notate lack of pedal for a measure?

I'm writing a piano piece, for most of which I would like to use a blanket con pedale instead of marking pedals for each measure. However, at exactly one point, there are two nonconsecutive measures ...
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What does the middle pedal on the piano do? [duplicate]

First off, I'm a bit surprised that nobody's asked this before. What does the middle pedal on a grand piano do? I've played around with it a bit, but haven't been able to figure it out. Could somebody ...
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Pedal Notation with a cross or plus sign — is it supposed to be an asterisk?

Can someone help me with this unusual notation for pedal usage. It has P and +P does the +P mean pedal release? See attached photo please. The image is from the first measure Siloti's arrangement of ...
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what piano pedal technique is being used here and does it have a conventional name/notation?

characterized by loud kinda unnatural sounding "stab" followed immediately by a softer sustain. my working theory is that it involves playing a chord staccato then pressing the sustain pedal ...
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Using the Damper Pedal while playing La Campanella [closed]

I can play a little over half of La Campanella (by Liszt) on the piano using the Sostenuto Pedal. I'm using the Sostenuto Pedal because it makes the trills, and the piece in general much easier to ...
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Ableton Push Start/Stop with a Sustain Pedal

MacBook Pro (Big Sur 11.5.2) Ableton Intro Ableton Push 2 OnStage KSP20 (the sustain pedal) Is there a way to get an Ableton Push 2 to play/stop via a foot pedal? My sister has a gig in a few days and ...
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Sustain Pedal connecting Slurs

In this simplified Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 20, the sustain pedal connects notes belonging to two separate slurs in the first and second measures. Should the sustain pedal be left off for a moment ...
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LilyPond: auto horizontal space for piano pedal

Is it possible to tell LilyPond to automatically add extra space for piano pedal symbols, so they don't overlap? If not, how to add the space manually? Here is what I am trying to achieve: This is ...
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When piano pedalling seems to conflict with the original score

This is from Burgmüller's "Harmony of the Angels", Op. 100 No. 21, edited by Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield. I'm wondering about the difference between the green and red blocks. Doesn't the ...
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Alkan Prelude in A-flat minor Op 31 No 8 - how properly use sostenuto pedal in this piece?

Link to the score This is the first piece I've attempted that calls for sostenuto pedal rather than sustain pedal throughout (assuming I'm interpreting the notation correctly). Other than sempre Ped. ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

When recording my upright piano with a zoom recorder and a dynamic microphone, I find that the noise from the sustain pedal is quite noticeable. I usually don't think of it while playing. Is there a ...
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When do you end a pedal sustain on a row change?

I am learning the proper way to notate a pedal sustain in music notation, but am not sure about how to mark a transition from one line of music to another. In this hypothetical only example ... ... ...
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The proper way to mark sustain pedal for MuseScore playback and live performer?

Thanks in advance for your help here. I am very new to music theory and notation. As such, I may struggle with your reply if it has a lot of musical vocab. I'm using a great free music notation ...
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Exact timing of piano pedal re-engagement

In this example, do I release pedal BEFORE beat 1 of the second measure, or ON beat 1 of the second measure?
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Can a stustain pedal be modified for alternative uses?

Is it possible to modify a MIDI sustain pedal to for example, a guitar pedal? If so, would this be practical at all? If not, what could be an alternative use of such pedal?
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Uneven sustain in upright piano

I have a upright piano and its sustain pedal did not work for a long time (you have to press very hard to get a bit of sustain), and the cause is found to be three loose screws that fix the pedal in ...
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Choosing instrument played by midi pedalboard connected to keyboard

I got a 30 note pedalboard (with a 5-pin midi connector) that I want to use with my two keyboards (Yamaha P-155 and Kaway CA13) to play simultaneously on all three. The problem is that when I connect ...
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Pedaling in Chopin Nocturne in C# minor, measures 9-18

What is the pedaling going to be for the rest of the below sheet? Is it going to be like measure 8, or it is going to be like measures 1-7? Sometimes it shows the pedal sign like in measure 16, which ...
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What does this pedal notation mean for the piano?

I've never seen this pedal notation used before and would appreciate it if someone could help me understand what it means?
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What is proper pedal posture?

I'd like to learn a song that requires extensive use of the middle pedal, but I have no experience using it. I think I'll just practice until it comes naturally, but I'd like to make sure I'm not ...
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How do I turn on sustain on Casio CT-X9000IN keyboard without a sustain pedal?

Casio CT-X5000 has sustain button but CT-X9000IN does not though both are same keyboard. So how do I turn on sustain on CT-X9000IN without a sustain pedal?
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How do you learn pedals?

I'd like to learn Prokofiev's "Montagues and Capulets", but the bass needs some pretty advanced pedaling, and I have not experience with that. I know what the pedals do, but I'm no good at ...
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"il basso una corda" (in Nevin's Narcissus)

This passage from Ethelbert Nevin's Narcissus for piano has the instruction "il basso una corda". I think this is the 1891 Schirmer edition; the passage shown is bars 16-18. What does the ...
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Computer doesn't receive proper sustain pedal MIDI signals from digital piano? [closed]

When I connect my piano to my computer and press the sustain pedal, it just plays a C note. (Garageband, and Musescore.) I have an Arius YDP-161 digital piano and a MIDI to USB converter. I use a ...
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Pedaling in Prokofiev's "Montagues and Capulets"

I was trying to learn "Montagues and Capulets" and I saw this video of someone playing it. Whats she doing with the base? I think she must be using the pedals, but I ...
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Piano pedaling notation

I have been playing piano for several years, but I never got a particular lesson on pedaling. I know the basics: for most romantic pieces, the point is to clean the pedal (with "clean", I ...
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What do shorter-than-thirty-two-note MIDI pedalboards bar you from playing?

There have been questions before about what utility can be derived from a two-octave keyboard in terms of learning any keyboard idioms. Well, two five-octave MIDI controllers and a volume pedal seem ...
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Trouble with piano pedal notation

I'm trying to play this piece, there's no sign to use the sustain pedal in the sheet music, but when I play it and compare it to the original track, I feel that the sustain pedal should be used. I am ...
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Yamaha digital piano pedal connector

I know nothing about piano but recently got one (Yamaha PF1500). It came with a stand with two pedal. According to the owner's manual, the sustain and soft pedals are connected to the left and right ...
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What note is most commonly the highest key that has a damper?

On my old Steinway, the lowest key that doesn’t have a damper is the second-highest E. On a Bösendorfer I got to play recently, I noticed that the highest key without one was (I believe) the second-...
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Meaning of the words "Recitativo" and "tutte le corde" in music?

I am trying to understand Romantic music. I came across this extract from Beethoven's Piano Sonata op.110 from the Allegro man non troppo part. I want to understand what the words "Recitativo" and "...
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Piano Pedal Notation P, Pw, with and without *

I'm transcribing a piano reduction of Suppé's Light Cavalry into MuseScore. This particular score has pedal notation P. *, Pw. *, and then some parts where there's no *. I'm assuming (perhaps ...
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On a piano, are the effects of holding notes and the sustain pedal the same for a single chord?

Building from this question, I learned that it is possible to notate a tie that is held by the pedal and not the hands. To me that's a bit strange - if the pedal were not held down in that passage, ...
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How do you play the middle D and F in this passage?

This is from a piano song called "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton. There are two whole notes that are held for the entire measure, but the left hand is also holding a note way into the bass and ...
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Right piano pedal is bright

The piano at my home has three pedals, and the one at the right is brighter and shinier than the other two. What has happened? Is it normal?
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Where to find a replacement spring for the sustain pedal on my baby grand?

I recently changed houses, and in the move, the movers somehow dropped and lost the return spring for the sustain pedal on my Story & Clark baby grand. Is there a good place I can find one?
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What should one use the left pedal for on an upright?

In the (many) years I've been playing the piano (generally upright only), I've never felt the need to use the left pedal. From what I gather, the left pedal on an upright places the hammers closer to ...
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What do the pedals on grand pianos do?

I have been playing the piano for some time now, and have recently switched from the electric piano to the grand piano. My grand piano has three pedals. What does each of the three pedals do?
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Indication of general usage of piano pedal

Traditionally, "P" and "*" are used to indicate the use of sustain pedal for the piano, and the release of it, respectively. However, in composing my own piece, I often want to indicate the player ...
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How to fix Sostenuto (Middle) pedal?

my sostenuto pedal is not working properly... When I press it down, the felt gets down so the hammers doesn't hit the string directly but when I release it the felt doesn't rise back completely so the ...
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Is using the practice pedal frequently damaging to the piano?

To practice at night, I used the practice pedal to mute the piano. Does practicing the piano with the mute pedal damage the piano in the long run? Would it affect the hammer or the string in a ...
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Should I use the sustain pedal when playing Bach fugues?

I'm Practicing Bach Prelude & Fugue in D . There is no pedal markings since it from Baroque eras , but i found in Youtube many Concert pianist Performing Fugue with Sustain Pedals. Am working for ...
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Piano music - should I truly not use the sustain pedal in places not marked so?

This is especially rampant in romantic piano music and later. There are places that pedals are marked, and places where they are not marked. I understand if it's a predominantly staccato passage when ...
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Do you have to hold note or is pedal sufficient?

In the following measure of Air in D major by Bach, do I have to keep pressing A (and play around with thumb on A) or can I let go (with sustain pedal)?
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How often is the Sostenuto pedal used in classical and modern Piano Music?

In most of the pianos that we see today, the Sostenuto pedal does not exist. Only the pianissimo (una corda) and the sustain (damper) pedals can be seen. Throughout the time that I've been studying ...
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Why do some acoustic upright pianos have 2 pedals, but not 3?

I'm not certain whether it's just certain piano manufacturers, who had decided to have some upright pianos to have two pedals (without sostenuto). Some Zender acoustic pianos, for instance have two ...
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What is this piano pedaling symbol?

In the score of Enescu's 3rd piano suite (Op. 18), there are circles next to usual pedal symbols ('Ped.' and 'release' symbols). What do they mean? This is an example from the end of the 6th movement:...
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Understanding the ending of Debussy's La fille aux cheveux de lin

La fille aux cheveux de lin has a lot of confusingly written parts, but I'm completely stumped by the ending: I just have no idea about the rests and how I'm supposed to play them. Does it mean ...
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