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    Staccato And Pedaling On The Piano? In piano playing, I’m unsure of how or even if the pedal is used in staccato passages. In a passage that’s entirely staccato, does one use the pedal at all? Or do you make a lot of short pedal taps?
    Assuming the music is unmarked with regard to pedaling.

    I’ve heard of staccato pedaling…what is that?

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      Pedaling was not invented to connect notes but to change COLOR of the tone.

      90% piano players (not professional) use the damper pedal to connect notes for legato passages, though. 70% of them use the damper pedal to connect notes without using fingers to connect. In another word, most piano players don’t think that it makes the difference to connect notes by fingers. They use the damper pedal to disguise what are not connected. Or they just don’t pay attention to it. If you listen carefully, you would notice the difference between using a pedal to connect notes while fingers not and fingers connecting while pedal depressed.

      Having said that, it is a misconception not using pedal at all to play staccato. It all depends on how fast or slow the piece is you are playing, what kind of mood you want to present, dry or smooth, what tone or color you want to present it, and how loud or soft is the piece. It all varies.

      How much you use the pedal would make the passage sound different too. If the passage does not seem like an motive/idea of the piece but works sort of like a passage between motives or as a bridge, then you can depress the pedal slightly down about 1/4 to give it a shimmery sound. However, this is not a formula. It has to be played according to different passages in different pieces. Again, this is just an example out of million passages written. You would have to try to see which way is the best. Don’t treat playing piano like math. it’s not about either or, do or don’t. Next time, you can tell us what piece you are playing, and attach the score if possible, so we can give you a more definite suggestion. Without seeing the music, it is going to be very generalized.

      Most of the composers before Romantic period did not mark pedaling. It does not mean that they did not use it or we cannot use it. Use your own discretion about how much or little to use the damper pedal within universally acceptable condition or knowledge. How to use pedals is an art. Having a habit of listening to piano performances would help you learn a lot and see how pianists execute keys and pedals. Try to listen while you are playing. A lot of people just play the piano without listening what they are playing. Please listen while playing, and you would learn and know how to use pedal within reasons artistically.

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    Questions About Piano Pedals? What does ‘pedale simile’ mean? Does that mean that you press both pedals at once? Are there any times when you have to press one pedal and not the other? If so, how do you know which one to press?

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      Pedal in a similar way.

      So for instance if pedals were marked every 2 beats then it said “pedale simile” it means carry on pedalling every 2 beats.

      You can tell which pedal to press because the left “soft” pedal is marked as “una” (instead of simply ‘ped’) – because the correct name for this pedal is “una corda” – so called because in the original pianos only one of the 3 strings played when you pressed this pedal.

      When pedalling you almost always only use the right pedal, unless told to use the left pedal as well, in which case you’d hold the left down whislt normally pedalling with the right.

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    Looking For Guitar Pedals? Does anyone know of any good pedals for wah, harmonizers, and echo that aren’t too expensive?

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      Hello there,

      What pedals you need depends on the type of music you play. Some genres require a particular effect. Metal has special needs. Psychedelic has special needs. But there are some basics to have no matter what you play.

      Distortion pedal. Number 1. First pedal you get is a good basic distortion pedal. I like Boss DS-1. Nice basic distortion. Easy to operate. If you want to spend more get an MXR.

      If your amp does not have a reverb, the next pedal I would get is a reverb pedal. Adds a nice dimension to your sound. Good reverb pedals can be pricey, not to mention the spring reverbs. About the best cheap reverb pedal I have come across is the Danelectro Corned Beef. Decent basic reverb. May not give you as much of a wet sound as you would want for surf rock, but overall a good basic reverb at an affordable price.

      Other pedals, in no particular order that you may want to add. Wah wah, chorus, delay. Those are probably the next pedals I would get. Unless I want to play psychedelic rock (Jimi Hendrix). In that case I would get the wah wah and a fuzz pedal.

      The Crybaby is the standard wah wah. Vox made a vintage one that was excellent (now a collectors item). Rogue makes a decent cheap wah wah.

      Chorus. Boss makes good ones. Danelectro makes several decent cheap ones. I am guessing this is what you mean when you say harmonizer.

      Harmonizer may also referring to an octave pedal. Danelectro has a couple cheap models that are all right. I have a MOC-1 which was cheap and is all right. Not sure who makes it. It has one and two octaves down.

      Digital delay. Off hand, I cannot recall which is the best deal, that is the most decent for the price. Several really good ones at really high prices. I will have to think about that one. Danelectro makes an all right delay pedal.

      If you have not done so, take a look at the used pedals on eBay, I have had good luck picking up used pedals at very attractive prices.


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    Guitar Effects Pedals/ Pedal Board? I am like one of the only guitar player without a full pedal board. but it’s because my amp has all the stuff that those pedals do. (distortion, delay, 500 presets, hundreds of sounds,tuner, etc.) I didn’t think there was a point of getting pedals when my amp can do all of that. What would you suggest??

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      Hello there,

      I am sure there are still some players who do not use any pedals and many who only use a single pedal. And of course, there are lots of beginners who don’t use any because they have modeling amps with built in effects. So, I really doubt that you are the only one without a full pedal board.

      I have a digital modeling amp with some built-in effects that I use occasionally (a Line 6 Spider 150 watt 2×12). When I play through it, I almost always use my external distortion pedal because I do not like the tone of the built in distortion. Most amps with built in effects have little or no controls to dial in the tone of the effect. So I cannot shape it to suit my taste. Also, the foot pedal for these type of amps do not turn off a particular effect. :Let’s say I am playing in a song and want to kick in the flanger for only a certain part of the song and then kick it back off. With built in effects, I must walk over to the amp and turn the effect on and then back off. With an effects pedal, I can turn the effect on/off with a tap of the foot. So much more efficient. The shaping of the effects is very important in my opinion. Without adequate controls for the effects on the amp, you cannot shape the effects. With an external effects pedal there is so much more adjustment possible. Lastly, with built in effects, it is one size fits all. You take all of the effects that are built in. You may not like the distortion or may not like the chorus that is built in, but you have no choice. I like to pick and choose effects pedals so I can get the exact tone of the effect that I like best. With built in effects amps, I have not seen one that I liked every one of the effects best. With pedals, there is so much more choice. You have dozens of distortion pedals or a dozen chorus pedals from which to choose. By going with pedals you get to select the tone of the effect you want.

      Don’t get me wrong. In general I like built-in effects amps. I think they are a great idea for beginners. That that point in they playing careers, they don’t know the difference in effects and probably would not understand how to shape the tone of the effect with controls. So built-in effects amps have a big place in the market. After you have been playing a while, you sort of grow out of the need for amps with training wheels. You move on to straight amps, whether solid state or tube. You select amps that have the exact tone you want. You select speakers that will give you the exact tone you want when paired with a certain amp. It is always that search for just the right tone.


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