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Jonny May

In this course, you will learn everything you need to know about the piano pedals! We’ll start by discussing the 3 piano pedals, common pedaling notation, and 4 essential pedaling techniques. We will practice 20 exercises for pedaling over a variety of rhythms and grooves. Finally, we will learn how to use the pedal on 22 different piano styles.

Course Objectives
  • Learn about the 3 piano pedals and common pedaling notation
  • Master 4 essential pedaling techniques
  • Practice 20 exercises for pedaling over a variety of rhythms and grooves
  • Discover how to use the pedal on 22 different piano styles
Learning Focus
  • Exercises
  • Groove
  • Reading
  • Rhythm
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This is a must!
Learning how and when using the pedal other styles than a slow ballad is amazing. This can make the difference
Although it's going to take some time to master, I now have the essential understanding behind pedaling. I will be coming back to this frequently!!
This was something different and enjoyable for me
I found this to be quite interesting in that I was exposed to many different types of music much of which I know nothing about and don't listen to. Musical phrasing came up a number of times during the course in the context of pedal technique - I don't usually think about this too much and it surprised me that it was such a frequent point that Jonny made. Coming from a classical background I felt phrasing is important, but i didn't expect that to be the case with other genres (can't say why). Going forward I will keep that in mind on new material. Thank you Jonny for bringing this important subject to my attention.
Excellent course!
Finally a course that thoroughly discusses the pedal techniques of the piano for different musical styles. What I like about the course is that it not only discusses pedal techniques, but also explains the chords and musical style. And in a fun and clear way as we are used to from Jonny.
Well done!
One of the best courses I’ve taken in my learning track. First time I’ve truly understood how to use the pedal among several styles of music. Adding the pedal made me realize there was yet another dimension to rhythm i did not consider. Thank you!
Provides a useful framework for using the pedal
When I was a kid, I used the pedal way, way too much, to cover up a lack of keyboard facility. When I came back to the piano, I stopped using the pedal altogether, to keep myself "honest". This course shows me how to bring the pedal back in in a way that is tasteful and useful.

Course Lessons

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 3

Note Values and Pedal Exercises 1-5

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 4

Pedal Exercises 6-10, Half, Quarter, & Eighth Notes

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 5

Pedal Exercises 11-15, Short-Long Effect

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 6

Pedal Exercises 16-20

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 7

How to Pedal on Slow Songs 1

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 8

How to Pedal on Slow Songs 2

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 9

How to Pedal on Medium or Fast Songs 1

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 10

How to Pedal on Medium or Fast Songs 2

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 11

How to Pedal on Medium or Fast Songs 3

Piano Pedal Essentials – Lesson 12

How to Pedal on Medium or Fast Songs 4

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