I am a professional piano instructor, musician, and also teach and play guitar, pro synthesizer, and organ. When it comes to making beautiful music on instruments, particularly piano, guitar, harp, and other instruments with strings, the sustain quality & sustain time of these instruments is vitally important. Sustain is the ability of and amount of time a musical instrument can hold a tone over specific period of time without stopping. Digital piano shoppers typically overlook the pedals as being important or even different in various brands and models, and this is because unless you play piano well and have experience with playing acoustic pianos, you don't really know why pedals are important, particularly when shopping for digital pianos. With regard to piano (acoustic or digital), there are typically three pedals that come out of the front center of the instrument at the bottom for a grand upright piano (upper left pic) and on an upright piano (left pic). The pedals on a grand piano actually come out of a separate pedal assembly called a grand piano pedal lyre which helps give the grand piano its distinctive appearance. The three pedals are called (from left to right) the soft or una-corda pedal, sostenuto pedal, and damper or sustain pedal. I will talking exclusively about the damper pedal (furthest right pedal) in this report which is also called the sustain pedal. Those two terms (damper & sustain) can generally be used interchangeably by people although those words do have a few differences. For the sake of this discussion I will be referring to this right piano pedal as the damper pedal.
children/students in my music studio play piano holding the damper pedal down with their little foot and when they just play on most any key, it just sounds better that way. It's funny to watch the younger kids 4-6 years old lean off the edge of their piano bench so they can get their foot on the pedals since their legs are not long enough otherwise:). In the beginning, especially for smaller children, playing the damper pedal is not important because the student is learning about fundamentals of piano music such as rhythm & timing, note reading, fingering movement and position, and other aspects of playing. But once they become more proficient, then using the damper pedal becomes important so they can actually play the music the way it was intended to be heard. It really doesn't take long for this to happen and kids love to push on the pedal because they think it's fun and makes their music sound cool:)
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