The role of the pedal

- Nov 18, 2019-

The pedals are used in a wide variety of ways, and any pianist who can step on the pedals must use it. The piano generally has three pedals, and the pedal on the right is called “damper pedal”. It is used to extend the time of the string vibration. In fact, it is a lever to open a layer of felt that is close to the string, thus prolonging the string vibration. time.


The most important retoucher in piano performance This pedal has one of the most important skills, called “splitting the pedal”. When re-shooting each measure, the notes are first played down. At the moment when the sound is sounded, it is very fast. Change the pedal and replace the pedal before the finger is raised.



Therefore, this method of changing the pedals when the remake is not taken, and the specific gravity is slightly later (similar to the splitting sound) is called "cutting the pedal". It can be said that this is the origin of the sustain pedal technology, and all the techniques related to sound making are derived from the "segmentation pedal".


The centered pedal is called the “weak pedal”, which is less useful and will be used when playing some special passages. The most obvious examples are the piano works of Ravel and Debussy. The two composers fully exploited the role of the piano pedal.


Therefore, they made the piano's tone further play, so some people say that the Impressionist composer saved the piano performance of the twentieth century. The biggest feature is that the piano is saved from the advocating pure finger technique and finds the "tone". A magic weapon and bring it to the extreme!



Edit by Height Musical Instrument News Department