Do you have to hold note or is pedal sufficient?

Asked by: Elizabeth Turner

When should I hold my sustain pedal?

Sustain pedal (right)

When a finger is taken away from a key, a “damper” pad stops the note from ringing out. The sustain pedal removes the dampers from the strings, allowing notes to ring out for longer, even when the keys are not held down anymore.

Is a sustain pedal enough?

You need a sustain pedal. It’s used in 99.99% of piano music. My teacher never allowed soft pedal unless it was specifically marked in the music – which is rare. Even then, you can just learn how to play very softly.

How do you know when to use the pedal in music?

At its most basic function, the damper pedal connects one melody note or chord to the next where there would be a break in the sound without using the pedal. Use the pedal to help your music sound more smooth (legato), hold a note or a chord for a long time, or give your music a more resonant quality.

Does sustain pedal matter?

Pianist normally use the sustain pedal to smooth-en their playing. Fast forward to today, a sustain pedal is an important addition to the modern computer based recording rig. Not only to sustain piano notes, we sometimes also use it to sustain strings and other instruments.

How do you sustain pedals?

So let's have a really quick recap we want to move between two cards nice and smoothly using the sustain pedal and these are the two sticking points that you're most likely to come across first.

How do you sustain a piano pedal?

Place it on the cardboard as shown in the video and stick it to the aluminum foil using a table do the same for the other end of wire. Now take the straws and put it on both sides of the cardboard.

Do you need 3 pedals for piano?

For most players, having two or three pedals isn’t a big factor when buying a grand piano. If you play a lot of contemporary music then it could be important for you to have three pedals on a grand piano. For the majority of pianists though, two pedals will not present much of a limitation to your playing.

Why do pianos have 3 pedals?

There are three pedals on the grand piano – they are named, from left to right, the una corda, sostenuto, and damper pedal. The purpose of the pedals is to change the tone of the piano in some way.

Should you use pedal for Mozart?

Mozart did use pedal; he like the advances that were being made on the piano. In addition to the damper pedal, you might consider hand pedaling. (Keeping your left fingers depressed during the same harmony.)

Do beginners need pedals for piano?

Well, when you are starting out playing keyboard or digital piano, pedals are not going to be the priority. Most beginners will be very pleased to learn that playing the piano does not depend on the pedals. What you are doing with your hands will normally be exactly the same.

Do I need a sustain pedal to learn piano?

Definitely you want to do that slowly. And with the help of your teacher. Work on some songs that actually have it so probably couldn't write it on the music. But as a keyboard player.

Is a digital piano better than an acoustic?

A digital piano, on the other hand, can only mimic the sound of the acoustic piano. Its sound is a digital file and thus doesn’t allow for the same acoustic nuances. Nonetheless, a high-end digital piano could sound better than a low-end acoustic piano.

Which digital piano is closest to acoustic?

Console digital pianos are the second most popular type of digital pianos. They come closest to an acoustic piano in terms of the main elements such as sound, touch, and look.

How long will a digital piano last?

Digital pianos last between 20 – 50 years. High-end digital pianos are built better structurally. They use better electrical parts, solid plastic, tougher metal, and piano keys that can withstand heavy wear and tear. Low-end digital pianos do not have the same lifespan, but with average care can last for many years.

Do digital pianos hold their value?

Even the best digital pianos absolutely depreciate. This is mainly due to the fact that newer models come out which replace them with more features & usually improvements.

Do pianos get better with age?

Are old pianos better than new ones? The answer is: it depends. Old pianos can continue to sound wonderful for many years with regular maintenance and care, but even pianos that have deteriorated can often be restored to their former glory, and in many cases made to sound even better than when they were new.