MusingMuso Posted October 15, 2007 Share Posted October 15, 2007 I expect I am in the midst of people with fabulous pedal technique, and a few who clumsily navigate their way around like demented weavers on treddle looms. My own lack of proper technique is utterly lamentable, but at least I have an excuse. I prod with my toes at Bach, I work out one-off pedalling for the romantic repertoire, and if called upon, do amazing things with just my left foot when sat at a theatre organ. The fact is....I'm quite small in stature.....a bit like one of those "Borrowers" who live under the floorboards. Consequently, not all things are possible short of shape-shifting, which usually involves a sudden upwards leap to re-position the posterier in such a way that I can actually reach certain notes. Not that this ghastly handicap has ever deterred me from the more adventurous pieces in the repertoire, you understand, but I do have to think twice before embarking upon Vierne and all that other French rubbish. In fact, each piece of music in my repertoire, is carefully marked (at the critical bits) with a unique technique designed around my body, rather than around a text-book technique. I'm sure it is all very wrong and very awkward, but the fact is, I have successfully learned pieces which require a fair degree of pedal dexterity.......Liszt, Reubke, Bach, Schumann.......you know the sort of thing. So as a point of discussion, just how important is "proper" pedal technique, when there are clear alternatives? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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