Tag: 初學鋼琴課程

How to Use the Piano Pedal (II)

 

Often students ask me how to use pedal(s) in a piece they are working on. To that I am quite surprised at first, but I understand where they are coming from. They were never taught about the real application of pedaling – just as they were never taught anything about piano technique.

Let’s focus on the right pedal, the so-called “loud” pedal. It’s the sustaining pedal which maintains the resonance of fuller sound produced by keeping the whole set of dampers lifted off the strings when being kept down.

First of all, we rarely step to the very bottom of the sustaining pedal. More often than not, we step half way or at most 3/4 way down of the depth of the pedal. What does that mean? 

Watch the video here (it’s in Cantonese for now, will make one in English soonest!)

Imagine you are driving. Once you start the car, you step on the gas pedal, you never really step all the way down because that would be you are going on a fast-and-furious speed you cannot control! It’s just the same as using a pedal at the piano. 

In the same theory, you never release the pedal all the way up too, just as you never fully release the gas pedal in order to keep the car going. At the piano, when you have to change the pedaling, you always release until just a bit of leeway before you feel you fully release the whole pedal all the way up. That means you still feel some pressure holding just a little bit of the pedal down.  You would of course however release the whole pedal all the way up when you have finished the whole pedaling process, or you are playing the next passage or chord that does not require pedaling, or the chords (e.g. Staccato  notes or short block chords) that require very clean separate sound instead of very legato and lyrical one. 

Other than pressing the sustaining pedal most of the way down, you can also press half way down, a third or a fourth of the way down, or something we called flutter pedal, which means you only press very little of the pedal and change it very quickly to keep very very clean yet connected sound with more resonance than otherwise. 

In the next post, I shall talk about when (the timing) to apply the sustaining pedal. 

[:zh]初學鋼琴系列: (六) 究竟用左手彈奏是否比較困難呢?[:]

[:zh]Our two hands are EQUAL and BEAUTIFUL 我們兩隻手都一樣有用和可以彈奏出美妙的樂章的!!

有時候我們叫小朋友用左手彈奏的時候,他們會說,「左手很難囉」。我會說,為什麼呢?其實左手和右手都是一樣的,如果一開始我們就用左手彈的話,左手就會一樣那麼容易了。

在我們鋼琴初學課程中,我們由第一課開始就已經鼓勵小朋友用左手彈奏,然後很快的已經是雙手合奏了。還有歌曲是由左手彈奏旋律的呢![:]

[:en]On becoming a great teacher [:zh]On becoming a great teacher [:]

[:en]On becoming a great teacher [:]

[:en]Piano Scales Video Series[:zh]音階視像系列 (Piano Scales Video Series)[:]

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I am compiling a series of scale videos for you – whether a beginner or a student of graded levels – as a reference. I start with the major ones, both right hand and left hand in one octave ascending and descending. I shoot the videos from high above so you can watch how I play with respective fingerings. Hope they help!

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Video I, Major, C, G, D

 

 [:zh]我最近開始錄製一系列的音階視像,不論是初學或是級別學生,又或者是家長,都可以以這些視像作為參考。你可以看到我是用什麼手指(右手左手,一個八度)去彈每一個音階。首先從大調開始。希望可以幫到大家吧!

不要忘記開設一個新的免費帳戶以便收看更多視像和閲讀更多有關鋼琴資訊!

Video I, Major, C, G, D

 

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初學鋼琴系列 : (四) 上課、練習和選擇老師的重要性

初學鋼琴系列 (四): 上課、練習和選擇老師的重要性
黃穎妍講解初學鋼琴者在上課、練習要注意的事項和選擇老師的重要性。