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Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    04:02 on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Faerie576
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Ok, this could get me labelled as the bloide of the forum (but technically I'm a red head..well, since i dyed it, but anyway):
On my piano, there's three pedals, one sustains, ones the practice pedal, and the thrid one I have no idea what it does. Is there some satandard third pedal that does something?
I know it's a yamaha piano, but I inherited it form my grandad so I don't know the details!
Thanks, its a general wonderment thats been irritating me for ages! (by the way, I am quite intelligent, but i don't see the point in holding back if i've got a question to ask!!)
thanks,

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Re: Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    06:37 on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Yossarian_Knicke
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Don't worry Blondie576. Noone will think any less of you. lol

Have you figured out those black and white thingies yet? They are called KEYS.
Let me spell that for you: K - E - Y - S

Again, in case you want to write that down: K - E - Y - S



Sorry, I always get a bit carried away when it comes to the blonde thing. lol


I have a Yamaha digital piano too (a Clavinova) and this is copied straight from the manual:

Thank you for buying the Yama...

Blablabla...

Damper (Right) Pedal
The damper pedal functions in the same way as a
damper pedal on an acoustic piano. When the damper
pedal is pressed, notes sustain longer. Releasing the pedal
immediately stops (damps) any sustained notes.

Sostenuto (Center) Pedal
If you play a note or chord on the keyboard and press the
sostenuto pedal while the note(s) are held, those notes
will sustain as long as you hold the pedal (as if the
damper pedal had been pressed) but all subsequently
played notes will not be sustained. This makes it possible
to sustain a chord, for example, while other notes are
played “staccato.”
Soft (Left) Pedal
The soft pedal reduces the volume and slightly changes the timbre of notes played while
the pedal is pressed. The soft pedal will not affect notes that are already playing when it
is pressed.

Hope that helps,

See ya, ... buddy


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Re: Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    13:55 on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

shelly_belly
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Hi

I've been playing the piano for four and a half years and it wasn't until last year that I found out what that pedal does, so if anyone else does think that you're stupid I certainly don't, hardly anyone ever uses that pedal and often pianos won't have them.

Anyway I believe the pedal you're referring to is the sostenuto pedal, in the reply above it is says that it is the middle pedal but you will often find that the middle pedal on a piano is the practice pedal and the left one is the sostenuto pedal.

Just to clarify it is the pedal which sustains the first note or chord you play whilst allowing you to play ther notes without them being sustained. I have only found the need to use this pedal in three pieces during the whole time I have played the piano.

Hope that helps. Take care, shelly x


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Re: Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    16:05 on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Faerie576
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So that what they're called...crikey, you learn something new everyday don't you?!
cheers people, much appreciated!! anytime you have a wonderment, throw it my way! you never know what little useless fact you'll get in return!!


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Re: Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    08:37 on Friday, January 12, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

superloopy
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Being Blonde, and a whole lot older.. I"ve been looking at those pedals and wondering myself..But didnt have the nerve to ask..........Now we all know .. thanks for asking that question...Hey, You don't know if you don't ask right?

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Re: Piano Pedals...what do they do?!    12:33 on Friday, January 12, 2007 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Faerie576
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My thoughts exactly! These things need investgating!!
Happy Pedalling!

   

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