Enthusiastic, young David Yzhaki teaches you how to play the piano with a damper (sustain) pedal. Get to know the pedals on an upright piano. The right pedal, which is the primary focus of the video, is the sustain pedal, which creates a sustaining note when pressed. The left pedal is called the "una corda," which modifies the tone quality by softening the note when pressed. The middle pedal is called the sostenuto pedal, which enables the piano player to hold a note longer than usual. To use the sustain pedal: Press on a series of keys on the piano. Press on the right pedal and stay on the pedal for at least four seconds to sustain the note. Improve your tempo by reducing your count -- in between steps one and two -- to three seconds. Follow these simple steps and it will help you successfully utilize the effect of the damper (sustain) pedal. The video will also help you manage your timing in between playing notes on the piano and pressing down on the pedal for its intended effect.
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