All About Piano Pedals

Posted by Devi Thavaratnam on

The pedal has been described as the soul of the piano. It is an essential part of the piano and piano music. Most upright pianos are equipped with 2 pedals but there are some with 3 pedals. The grand pianos have 3 pedals.

The 2 pedals usually found in pianos are the damper (right) pedal and the una corda (left ) pedal. The third pedal, usually found in grand pianos is the sostenuto pedal.

Upright piano with 3 pedals

Grand Piano with 2 Pedals

Grand Piano with 3 Pedals

The pedal has been described as the soul of the piano. It is an essential part of the piano and piano music. The three kinds of pedal that are found on pianos are the sustaining (damper) pedal, sotenuto pedal and the una corda pedal.


The upright has two pedals, the damper and una corda pedal. The grand pianos have all three pedals. The damper pedal is the right hand pedal on the pianos. When the pedal goes down, a row of felt covered dampers move backwards to allow the string to vibrate freely.

The una corda pedal is the left hand pedal. On a grand piano shifts the mechanism and keyboard to the right. On a upright piano causes a horizontal bar to push all the hammers nearer to the string, primarily used in order to give a different tone-colour to the music.


The sostenuto pedal found on the grand piano, is the centre pedal. When depressed immediately after playing a chord, catches any dampers at the moment they are raised and maintains those particular dampers in their raised position until the pedal is released. This sustains a bass note or notes while playing changing harmonies in the treble.

Drop by any of the LS Music showroom not only to see the action of the mechanism but hear the difference between an upright pianos and grand pianos!

 


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