How to use the Three Pedals of the Piano

Joshua Nemith wrote an articles explaining about the use of the piano pedals. Even though I’ve played piano for years, I still learned something from his post.

The Damper Pedal (on your right)

  • produce sustained sounds
  • the sound is reverberated within the framework of the piano
  • when you press the pedals, all the dampers are lifted. Yes! All dampers of all notes! That means all the string can vibrate freely. Thus, it creates a resonating sound.
  • in my present day performance, I use the pedal 95% of the time

The Soft Pedal (on your left)

  • mostly found on acoustic piano
  • when depressed, the dampers and keyboards are moved slightly to the right. When you play the piano, the hammers only hit 1 or 2 strings instead of all the 3 strings consist of a note at higher pitch. For lower notes, the hammer just hit the side of the string.
  • it sounds softer and muted

The Sostenuto Pedal

  • This pedal is found almost exclusively on the larger grand pianos
  • The fact is that I’ve never pressed this pedal before because I’ve no access to a great grand piano 🙁
  • It sustains only the notes that you played and kept depressed when the pedal is held down. The dampers is only lifted for those particular notes.
  • for more information, read Joshua’s pedal article.

Thanks Joshua for introducing us to the advanced sostenuto pedal.

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