EZ Piano Method

EZ Piano Lesson 42
Using The Pedal

You may think it is too soon to start talking about using the pedals on your piano, or keyboard, but this can greatly enhance your playing, enabling you to put more feeling and expression into your music.

Some pianos have two, or three pedals, but the one I will be concentrating on for now, will be the pedal on the right, known as the sustain, or damper pedal. Some people also call it the 'loud' pedal!

On an acoustic piano, pressing this pedal, lifts a section of felt 'Damper' material, away from the strings inside, allowing them to resonate for a longer period, giving a sustained effect.
Pedals on Digital pianos and keyboards, simulate this effect, electronically, but the end result, is similar to an acoustic piano.

If you are using a keyboard, as opposed to a digital piano, you may not have a sustain pedal attached, but most keyboards have a socket on the rear of the instrument, for this purpose.
It is usually labelled 'Sustain' Damper', or' Expression' pedal.
A keyboard pedal can easily be purchased as an optional accessory, and in my opinion, is a very worth while investment.

There are a few different ways of showing when, and how, to use the pedal, when writing piano sheet music.
I will explain this more fully, in a future lesson, but for now, just have fun, experimenting with using the damper pedal.

It may help, if I give a short demonstration of the difference a sustain pedal can make, using the opening bars of Beethoven's well known 'Fur Elise' as an example.
First I shall play it without using the pedal, then repeat it with the pedal.
I am sure you will notice the difference the sustain pedal can make to your own playing.
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