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Learn To Play Piano Effectively

By Reese A. Reynvaan

You have several available choices if you have made up your mind to learn to play piano. You can use music books and other resources as reference in studying the musical theories and playing techniques if you want to start learning on your own.

The body or casing, pedals and the black and white keys are the basic parts of the piano. The keys are pressed to make the sounds of the piano, while the casing holds the strings that are used to produce such sounds. Pedals offer added effects to the piano sounds.

Pedals are located in front of the piano that can easily be reached by your foot as you extend your legs when you are in the proper sitting position. There are two and at times three pedals on a Piano. To be able to use the pedals efficiently, here are a few things that you should know.

The Una Corda Pedal in a piano having two pedals is actuallythe one on the left. In three-pedaled pianos, it is actually the left most pedal. If you step on this pedal, the notes you play will make a softer sound than usual. To use this pedal, press it with your left foot for easy playing. When browsing through a sheet music, press this pedal when you see the words “una corda” and release it when you see “tre corda”. This will vary the sound of the notes in a melodic way, usually for songs that signify a sad mood or a relaxing tone.

In a piano with three pedals, the pedal in the middle is called the Sostenuto Pedal. Use your right foot to press it if you have to use this pedal. When this pedal is stepped on, the sound it produces is somewhat sustained tone, but only on specific keys and not all of the notes are sustained. Notations for the use of this pedal change according to the composer of the music, but the general cue to use it is “Sost. Ped”.

In pianos having two or three pedals, it is a standard that the pedal on the right side is always the Sustain Pedal. This pedal, unlike the Sostenuto Pedal, sustains all the notes that are played when pressed.

Use this pedal by stepping on it with your right foot. Use this pedal when you find “Ped” on the music piece.

If you want to learn to play piano you must learn the basics on the use of the pedals and the perfect time to use them.

If you happen to be the type of person who really loves to learn to play piano, but just cannot seem to chance upon a piano tutorials online that can really turn you into a master pianist, surf the Internet. There are multitudes of available reviews online that can help you find the most suitable one for you.

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