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Poll: Sustaining Pedal (21 member(s) have cast votes)

Which of the following best illustrates the area of your foot normally used to operate the sustaining pedal?

  1. (A) 'Big toe' / medial plantar area (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  2. (B) Toes (1 votes [4.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.76%

  3. (C) Ball of the foot (9 votes [42.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 42.86%

  4. (D) Toes and ball of the foot (8 votes [38.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.10%

  5. (E) Mixture of A-D depending on the demands of the piece (2 votes [9.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.52%

  6. (F) Other (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#16 Gordon Shumway

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Posted 01 March 2019 - 15:46

 

Once upon a time in a piano exam I threw my right foot onto the sustain pedal, and it was so highly polished that I literally slid off the seat and halfway under the piano. Option a) was probably to blame too. Option d is safest.

Ugh! How was that notated in the score? Ha!

 

Dare I ask how your exam went?

 

Well, I never failed one, so it must have been at least OK. I can't remember which one it was.


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#17 carol*piano

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Posted 14 March 2019 - 22:00

I'm sorry I didn't consider the footwear option.

 

I tend to play in socks at home and yet manage well in sturdy footwear elsewhere, so this probably speaks volumes about my competence when it comes to half- and other pedalling techniques!

 

As a piano teacher, I would really not recommend pedalling in socks!


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#18 EllieD

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Posted 15 March 2019 - 08:47

 

 

 

As a piano teacher, I would really not recommend pedalling in socks!

 

 

Why not? I don't have a problem with it as far as I know.


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 17:10

 

As a piano teacher, I would really not recommend pedalling in socks!

Why not? I don't have a problem with it as far as I know.

 


Because ideally, you need a solid sole to get the optimum pivotal effect between heel and toe, if you see what I mean smile.png


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Posted 15 March 2019 - 21:32

Edit: that's not to say that you can't pedal in socks, but it's definitely harder on the feet - I always end up putting shoes on after a while!


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