Trouble with piano pedal notation?



Asked by: John Kerr

How do you notate a piano pedal?





Each pedal is marked slightly differently, but the principle is the same:

  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”


How do you fix piano foot pedals?

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.

How do you notate Pedalling?

The order of the pitches should reflect the layout of the pedals. They can be written in one line or in two lines above each other, in the latter case most harpists prefer to see the right foot pedal pitches above the left. Complete pedal settings should always be placed above or below the two staves.

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 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.

What does Con Pedale mean in piano?

play with the pedal

This technique is called overlapping pedaling, and it creates a fluid, continuous sound on the piano. In some advanced piano music a piece may say “con pedale” meaning “play with the pedal.” This is where the overlapping pedaling technique also comes in.

When should I let my pedals go on the piano?

Let go of the pedal when the chord changes to a new chord, and/or when the sustained notes and overtones pile up into a dissonant sound. If the music involves a lot of rapid melodic playing, you’ll want to use the pedal less.