Sustain pedal levels?



Asked by: Kimberly Ray

How do you read a sustain pedal?





How to read pedal notation

  1. Sustain (damper) pedal: Down = “Ped.” Up = “✱”
  2. Sostenuto pedal: Down = “Sost. Ped.” Up = “✱”
  3. Una corda (soft) pedal: Down = “una corda” Up = “tre corda”


When should I hold my sustain pedal down?

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.

What do the three sustain pedals do?

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.

How do you adjust a sustain pedal?





There's usually a screw of some kind sometimes it's a square nut. This happens to be a wing nut. Um. So it's a fairly simple thing to to adjust in most cases. And by turning the screw clockwise.

What does the sostenuto pedal do?

On grand pianos, the middle pedal is known as a Sostenuto pedal. This pedal only holds notes that have been “locked” with the fingers, keeping the other notes free to be controlled by the other pedals or with the fingers alone.

Does sheet music tell you when to use pedal?

The short answer is you should hold down the pedal whenever you want your notes to sustain, and release it whenever you want them to stop. To learn when the notes SHOULD sustain, your suspicion about the Ped.

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?

So if i would ask you first if you are going to be playing a piece that begins with pedal put the pedal down before you start to maximize that resonance let's look at one.



Which pedal makes the piano softer?

The Soft Pedal (Una Corda)



On the left you’ll find the soft pedal, technically called the “una corda” pedal. As its informal name suggests, it makes the sound of the piano a little softer. In a grand piano, it shifts the hammers over slightly so that only one string for each note is struck (una corda = one string).

What does una corda mean in music?

Definition of una corda



: with soft pedal depressed —used as a direction in piano music.

Which pedal on a piano makes it quieter?

left pedal



Most pianists are generally aware of what the two most common pedals on a piano do; the left pedal makes the sound softer, and the right pedal sustains the sound, making it longer.

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 some pianos only have 2 pedals?

It makes the piano seem louder. The “una corda” or soft pedal on a grand piano actually moves the entire keyboard to the right so that the hammers are realigned to hit only 2 of the 3 strings thus making a softer sound.

What is the middle pedal called?

It is called the practice pedal, the practice mute or the “celeste”. The purpose on this middle pedal is to reduce the volume of the piano by sandwiching a thin layer of felt between the hammers and the strings.



How do you play sostenuto?

I can play a chromatic scale. And only those notes remain in the pedal. So it's very useful let's say you've got a melodic line going on and or even if you have if you want to sustain a chord here.

How often is the sostenuto pedal used?

How often do you use the sostenuto (middle) pedal? The sostenuto pedal, which is often the middle pedal if there are three, sustains only those notes that are held when the pedal is pressed; any notes played after are not held.