A Handbook Of Piano Playing by Eric Hope

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By Eric Hope

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44 the habit of taking the pedal will go, until the foot will return to the strings in order to cut off unwanted PEDALLING Occasionally, as in the following example where a low note has to be sustained during changing harmonies at a higher pitch, the device known as 'half -pedalling* should be used: Debu$$y: Sonore La CatKedrale jatts Engbuti* durdi Half-pedalling does not, as the term might seem to imply, taking the pedal half way down; it means that the pedal, having been depressed (in this case immediately after the low C) 9 is allowed to rise about three-quarters of the way as each mean chord played, and is very quickly depressed again.

This gives now are moved a little nearer a softer tone because the hammers hammers strike the strings with less momentum; but the actual unchanged. In older upright pianos, one sometimes finds that the depression of the soft pedal causes a strip of felt to be inserted between the hammers and the strings. Certainly a very drastic change of tone-quality results, but the muffled sound is capable of scarcely any quality of the sound is gradation. In a grand piano the soft pedal mechanism opens up fascinating possibilities of tonal variation.

Usually one hears the quaver chords played with a more or less indefinite staccato, and the final crotchet may be given the value of anything from a quaver to a minim. If we use the type of finger pressure described above, not only can we feel physically the prolonging of the sounds for the required length of time, but we can accurately time the cessation of such pressure, and with it the cessation of the sound, to coincide exactly with our preconceived intentions. Try playing the phrase just quoted, with close attention to the exact duration of each chord, and hear how much more satisfying strictly 28 such a performance observed.

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