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All You Need to Learn about the Piano Pedals

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

1. Sustain pedal (left)

Consider an acoustic piano. When a finger is taken away from a key, a “damper” pad stops the note from ringing out. The sustain pedal removes the dampers from the strings, allowing notes to ring out for longer, even when the keys are not held down anymore. That’s why it is also called the “damper” pedal.

2. Soft pedal (left)

Most strings in an acoustic piano are grouped in threes, with each group tuned to the same note. When played normally, the hammer strikes all three at the same time giving a full, bright sound.

3. Practice pedal (middle)

This is similar to a sustain pedal. When pressed, the sound of the keys become softer. It's a great one to use when practicing because you can adjust the volume of your piano while playing.

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