Meaning of 1/1 and 1/2 beneath pedaling marking?



Asked by: Jason Sundaram

The extended lower line tells the player to keep the sustain pedal depressed for all notes below which it appears. The inverted “V” shape (∧) indicates the pedal is to be momentarily released, then depressed again. This also explains the use of 1/1 and 1/2, indicating either full or half lifting of the pedal.

What does a pedal with an asterisk mean?





the release

The letters “Ped” provide the directive for the performer to depress the damper pedal and the marking to indicate the release is a flowery looking asterisk symbol. These directives should be exactly under the beat or fraction of the beat where the damper pedal should be depressed or released.

How do I read my pedal markings?

On written music, pedal markings show where you place your foot down, and when to raise it again. Each pedal is marked slightly differently, but the principle is the same: Sustain (damper) pedal: Down = “Ped.” Up = “✱” Sostenuto pedal: Down = “Sost.

What is half pedaling on piano?

Half pedaling



For mechanical pianos it is possible to press down the sustain pedal only partially such that the dampers just touch the strings very slightly. This technique for the advanced pianist is called half pedaling and allows a fine variation of the sound.

What do pedal markings mean?





The “ped” marking indicates that you should press the pedal down, while the asterisk indicates that you should release the pedal. Pedal Markings in “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi. Alternately, a line below the staff also indicates when to depress and release the pedal.

What is half damper pedal?

A piano pedal technique in which the damper (sustain) pedal is only partially pressed down. Some classical piano pieces call for this technique, which raises the felts (dampers) only partially off the strings.

Which pedal is the damper pedal?

sustain pedal

The damper pedal, sustain pedal, or sustaining pedal is to the right of the other pedals, and is used more often than the other pedals. It raises all the dampers off the strings so that they keep vibrating after the player releases the key.

How do you notate a half pedal?

For the notation you can just write 1/2 in Technique Text before the Pedal indication. (I’ve seen this done as well). Almost every font uses a slash. To have it as a real fraction (1 above 2, separated by a small horizontal line) use Comic Sans MS, Gulim or Skia.



How do you know when to use the sustain pedal?

So when you push the sustain pedal down and play a note it sustains the sound for you. And what that does is it can create a beautiful legato sound in your playing.

How do you know when to press the pedal on the piano?

When the composer wants you to use the soft pedal, which is on the far left as you sit at the piano, you see the indication una corda. Release it when you see the indication tre corda. You can use the soft pedal anytime you like, of course, to play quietly or to create a hushed atmosphere or an intimate feeling.

How do you learn pedaling on a piano?

For beginners but we're going to use this method it's called the both down up method to learn pedaling systematically to make it easy for you guys now when we're done with this exercise.



What are the 3 pedals on a piano used for?

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.

What is the most important pedal on a piano?

Sustain pedal

Pianos, keyboards and digital pianos can have one to three foot pedals that perform various musical functions. The most important pedal is the Damper or Sustain pedal, usually found on the furthest right on acoustic instruments, and the only one for single pedal keyboards.

What is the right pedal on a piano called?

sustain pedal



Most modern day acoustic pianos will have two other pedals: The ‘una corda’ pedal (left pedal) and the sostenuto pedal (middle pedal). If you only have two pedals in total on your piano, the right will be the sustain pedal and the left will be the una corda pedal.

What is the purpose of the middle pedal on a piano?

This is the most commonly used pedal on the modern piano. But what does the middle pedal do? Well the answer is that the middle pedal on all our digital pianos is a Sostenuto pedal (default setting). The function of the Sostenuto is to sustain only those notes that are played immediately before the pedal is applied.