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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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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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If pedaled, must I keep holding a key down?

In the following passage from Chopin's second piano sonata, mvt.I, m.78, If I insist holding down the half notes, the fingering is awkward, if still possible. But since the pedal is clearly intended, ...
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When do I stop pedaling?

I am playing a piano piece that tells me to use the pedal (it says (with pedal), but it does not tell me when I need to stop, nor when to release and reapply. The piece has double bar lines four ...
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Can I use the middle piano pedal to sustain a repetitive melody line?

The piece I am learning has a highly repetitive melody line for the left hand (always the same 4 notes, but not all at once), and I want to apply "sustain" for them, while not applying sustain for the ...
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How do I notate for the sostenuto pedal?

In another part of the composition mentioned here, I want to use the sostenuto pedal: How can I notate this?
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How to practice organ at home?

Finding a real organ to practice can be cumbersome: it can be located quite far from your home and not always be available. Are there alternatives that allow one to practice at home (especially the ...
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How long does pedal simile last?

In this extract from the “Ent’racte” (sic) from John Crook’s score to Peter Pan, how far does the pedal pattern indicated by “simile” last? Looking at the score I can imagine any of these ...
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Pedaling in La fille aux cheveux de lin

Throughout this piece, Debussy writes that certain notes are to be extended from measure to measure, e.g., but there's a problem here. Note that I'm a beginner on piano. My hands aren't insanely ...
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How to make a muted key sounds by using pedals?

One of my friends insists that he can make a muted (but undamaged) key/chord sounds using some pedaling technique. Does anyone know what the technique is and how to do it? Thanks
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Piano key sustains without the pedal pressed [duplicate]

A single key on my upright piano keeps playing even after I release it. I've tried tuning the sustain pedal with the screw all the way up to the point where other keys get affected and the pedal won't ...
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Representing the snapping of the damper pedal to create an ambient tone in sheet music

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 ...
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Piano Half-Pedal Duration

Before I go and try to capture some data, has anyone collected statistics on how long it takes a pianist to half-pedal the sustain pedal? That is, with the pedal down, what would be a reasonable ...
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Is a sustain pedal the same as a sustainer pedal?

I have a sustain pedal for my keyboard. My references are talking about compressor pedals, otherwise known as sustainer pedals? Is the sustainer pedal just the same as a sustain pedal but used for ...
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Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/38/...
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Is it important to have three pedals on a digital piano?

My son (7 y/o) is learning piano. Currently, he is using my crappy keyboard I bought over 20 years ago. I am looking at buying him a digital piano with proper key weightings and key velocity (...
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Can I use a pedal for Casio CTK-1200 keyboard?

I bought Casio CTK-1200 keyboard to learn piano. I am an absolute beginner in the world of music. I just know that Pianos have pedals. But I found that my keyboard didn't come with pedals. I saw that ...
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What is the standard location of piano pedals?

My digital piano has a separate pedal block that can be placed at any distance from the keyboard. However I think makes a lot of sense to position it in a standard way, how it is typically positioned. ...
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Piano sustains when the pedal is not pressed

I noticed this on a piano I played recently - a small amount of sustain with no pedal and much more with it pressed. It wasn't unpleasant, actually, but is it likely to be: A feature of the piano A ...
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Is stomping on the soft pedal of an upright piano bad for the piano?

If you stomp with a bit of force, the hammers of keys all across the keyboard strike the strings and make a silly noise. Children love to do it, and in my experience, are then scolded because "it's ...
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Is it orthodox to use the pedal when playing Bach on the piano?

It is my understanding that Bach's keyboard works were written for the harpsichord, and thus no (damper) pedal is used while playing Bach on the harpsichord. On the piano however, I have heard ...
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How much pedal should be used in practice?

Often my teacher tells me to avoid practicing with pedaling so that my melodies/slurred passages will truly be legato. When I perform for him though, he asks me to use the pedal, which I'm usually ...
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Where do I release the soft pedal in Ravel's Jeux d'Eau?

I've been working on Ravel's Jeux d'Eau, and the intended use of the soft pedal in the piece is not always clear to me. There are several spots where he indicates to use the soft pedal, but there isn'...
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Practicing pedalling without pedals, or maximizing real practice efficiency

I only get about an hour-and-a-half's access per week to practice on a 'real' organ. Needless to say, my progress at pedalling is painfully slow. Are there any ways to practice pedalling without ...
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How to test all three piano pedals

How to demonstrate easily and clearly that all three pedals on a piano are working as expected? It is a digital piano but probably the pedal action should be identical or similar. I am new with ...
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How accurate are the pedal indications of Bach - Busoni, solo piano works?

In the massive edition of Bach's solo piano works by Ferruccio Busoni with the complete name of Busoni-Ausgabe (Klavierwerke) in 25 volumes (Joh. Seb. Bach. Klavierwerke unter Mitwirkung von Egon ...
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How often is the soft pedal used in piano scores?

I've been playing the piano for a long time, but I don't ever recall seeing any piece of music call explicitly for the soft pedal. Some digital pianos and keyboards don't even have one. I know there ...
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Is there any repertoire that makes explicit use of the Sostenuto pedal?

Often when I've used the sostenuto pedal (in fact, whenever I've used it thus far) it's as a "helping hand" to sustain various notes individually that would be much more difficult to hold otherwise. ...
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Whose idea was it to put three pedals on a piano?

Whoever decided to put foot pedals on a piano? Do we know who did it, or do we only know the general period that this happened? I would like to know who did this and when did it happen?
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How can I adjust the sensitivity of my keyboard sustain pedal?

The pedal comes by itself without instructions. When I play, the pedal is quite abrupt. As soon as I'm done holding sustain and want to release, it releases abruptly which doesn't sound great. I'd ...
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Is there a name or common usage of this piano damper pedal effect?

I've noticed an effect that I use when playing acoustic piano. Play a note or chord staccato, and quite quickly after playing it, press the damper pedal. The effect is rather like an echo which ...
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Is it better to play the keyboard standing or sitting?

I recently purchased a Yamaha FC7 foot pedal. I plan to use it for overall volume control, emphasizing breaks and solos. This poses a challenge, though, as I normally stand when playing the keyboard. ...
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Keyboard volume pedals

I have a Yamaha S90 XS synth and when I perform I would like to control the volume of one or more of the zone sliders (in Performance mode) with foot pedals so I can quickly switch from backup to lead....
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Assign a volume pedal to a DSP on a Psr keyboard?

I have a yamaha Psr-2100, and a volume pedal (yamaha fc7). I was hoping I could assign my pedal to affect a certain parameter of an effect that is applied on a voice, for example distortion or vibrato....