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How to use the pedals on a piano or keyboard


The pedal in the piano is a great addition to many pieces. After all, it helps to “decorate” the music.

You can learn more about what pedals are for in this article.

Often, pianists use the right pedal. With its help, all dampers can be lifted at once in an instant. It sounds truly bewitching.

The right pedal is straight and retarded

Learning to use it is easy. You can take the right pedal in two cases: to create the effect of a retarded pedal or a straight line. In the first option, you first press the key, and then take the pedal. In the second, this happens simultaneously.

Make sure that when pressed direct pedal the echoes of previous keys were not accidentally captured. That sounds dirty.

To recognize exactly when to use the pedal, composers indicate the letter P or Red in the notes. The moment when it needs to be removed is marked with an asterisk.

It looks like this:

As you can see, this is not a big deal. By the way, you can start learning the technique of pressing right away with late pedals. Immediately be patient and in a good mood. After all, you have to work hard so that the arms and leg diverge in the correct sequence. First press the key, then grab the pedal.

Left pedal

If you want to weaken the sound of the instrument, you can use the left pedal. Then the hammers in the piano will only slightly approach the strings. At this moment, in pianos, the mallets move to the left.

Mastering the technique of pressing right pedal? If so, you will not have problems with the left. After all, everything happens in the same way.

By the way, do not notice left pedal designation in notes just impossible. Look at the picture. The moment of pressing is marked with the words una corda. And when it's time to take the pedal off, you'll see - tre corde or tutte le corde.

If you like to enjoy the sound of the piano, you probably noticed the presence of another middle sostenuto pedal. When pressed, the dampers rise and remain in that state until removed.

Sostenuto pedal

Although very rare sostenuto can be seen even in the piano. In this case, the pedal seems to go to the left, leaving room for a special fabric that appears between the hammers and strings. Therefore, the sound becomes quieter.

In the works of different composers you will see all pedals. It all depends on what color and coloring the author wanted to give sound. Therefore, it is fully worth mastering the technique of pressing each pedal.

Piano Pedals

Most pianos are equipped with three pedals.

In the far right - damper pedal (or sustain pedal ). When you hold this pedal down, gears dampers that disconnect strings are removed from the strings, allowing the strings to ring until you release the pedal, the sound will gradually disappear or you will fall asleep and fall off the bench.

You do not need to use the damper pedal every time you play a note, because each key has its own damper.

Most musicians and even non-musicians who want to learn something about music refer to the damper pedal as a “pedal” because it is the most popular and frequently used pedal.

In the far left corner is a soft pedal . This pedal works differently in stands and grands, but you use it to make your piano sound softer.

The Italian name for the soft pedal is una corda. On pianos, by pressing this pedal, the entire set of hammers inside the piano will slightly shift to the side. When you play any of the keys with the pedal down, the hammers hit only one line, or una corda, instead of the usual three.

In the middle is the middle pedal , or sostenuto. This pedal appears on many pianos, but not all. Unlike the damper pedal, which supports all played notes, the middle pedal allows you to withstand a specific note or group of notes while you continue to play other notes normally.

Hold the middle pedal at the same time and play the key on the piano, and the sound is saved. Now, quickly play the other notes and you will notice that they will not stand. Pretty cool, isn't it? Well, it’s quite difficult, especially at the height of the game Rachmaninov’s Concert No. 3 of the piano. Many piano makers now prefer to save money and skip this pedal.

On some upright pianos, the middle pedal is called practical pedal and has a completely different function: it inserts a layer of felt between hammers and strings to make the sound softer and more muffled. This pedal allows you to train late at night without disturbing others, so you can call it a good neighbor.

Digital Keyboard Pedals

The most common numeric keypads are the sustain pedal (which performs the same function as on an acoustic piano) and the volume pedal (which increases or decreases the volume).

Almost every keyboard is equipped with a sustain pedal; it does not move any dampers or shift any keys, because there are no real lines in the numeric keypad. Instead, the pedal sends an electronic signal to the brain of your keyboard, telling it to keep notes or increase or decrease the volume if you use the volume pedal.

Other pedals that you can add to your electric keyboard control things like vibrato that makes the sound sound as if it is fluttering, program changes, and special effects.

You can try these different pedals and decide which ones are right for you at your local electric keyboard dealer. The seller should be more than happy to show you a whole line of different pedals, hoping that you want to spend even more money than you already for the keyboard itself.

If you are unsure of the additional pedals, leave them with the purchase. You can always buy and install them later when you know that you will use them. The plug for all pedals and most other accessories is the standard size, which makes it an addition.