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#674348 - 12/29/04 04:00 PM Half Damper Pedal?
Hen3ry Offline
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Registered: 12/18/04
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Loc: Longmont, Colorado
What, exactly, is a half damper pedal?

Virtually all the digital pianos I've looked at include one. They all look like a whole pedal to me ;-) Two for two salespersons were not able to answer this question.

Thank you,

Kevin

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#674349 - 12/29/04 04:18 PM Re: Half Damper Pedal?
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A Half Pedal allows you to use the Half Pedalling Technique, just like on a real piano. It also means that the damper pedal is graded, so it is not just an on/off pedal, but it has many positions, just like a piano.

Chris

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#674350 - 12/29/04 08:19 PM Re: Half Damper Pedal?
Hen3ry Offline
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OK, now I feel I'm more of a neophyte than I am! The only pedaling that I'm familiar with on a real piano is the sustain pedal (aka damper pedal).

What is the "Half Pedaling Technique"?. Is it like "double clutching"?

Kevin

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#674351 - 12/29/04 08:24 PM Re: Half Damper Pedal?
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Originally posted by Hen3ry:
OK, now I feel I'm more of a neophyte than I am! The only pedaling that I'm familiar with on a real piano is the sustain pedal (aka damper pedal).

What is the "Half Pedaling Technique"?. Is it like "double clutching"?

Kevin [/b]
Basically, the half pedalling technique uses the damper pedal. What it does is it allows you to "swell" the sound. For example, if you play a note or chord loudly, you can swell the sound. To do this:

1)Depress the damper pedal fully.
2)Strike and Release a note or chord.
3)Without fully letting up, use a swelling motion on the damper pedal. As a result, you will hear the sound of the note or chord fading slowly away each time you swell the pedal.

Chris

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#674352 - 12/29/04 08:59 PM Re: Half Damper Pedal?
Hen3ry Offline
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Registered: 12/18/04
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Thanks Chris, I'll have to give this a try! Perhaps when the family is away and I can "play".

Kevin

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#674353 - 12/29/04 09:09 PM Re: Half Damper Pedal?
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Registered: 11/02/04
Posts: 263
Loc: Mexico City
Actually, what Jazz is describing is Re-Pedaling.
Half damper is when you press the sustain pedal at less than half its travel motion and the sustain tail of a note will be shorter, with less volume and with a slightly different timbre.
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