I am new to this forum as I am merely a piano teacher who has been commandeered to play various church organs for services in the parish. It has taken me some time to not be so nervous playing for a congregation and I wanted to try using the pedals.
However, I can reach them with my toe but not my heel. Is there something obvious about pedalling I am getting wrong or does anyone have any technique suggestions?
I have been asked to play for the Remembrance service and wanted to really belt out some of the hymns with the help of the pedals.
Also, are there any recommended books for manuals only or beginners pedals you would recommend for playing the congregation in and out, also during communion? With my teaching practice, I don't have a lot of time to practice at the church so need something I can bash out without too much time.
Many thanks for any suggestions.