Using pedal in Rag

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Using pedal in Rag

Postby Anonymous » Sun Apr 29, 2007 8:46 am


I wanted to know if one should use the sustain pedal when playing rags, such as Maple Leaf Rag.
I don't use it at all, but when I listen to recordings in the site they sound more full of notes, as if the pedal is depressed.



Postby Anonymous » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:44 am


in my opinion, it is a matter of liking it or not,
in my case i do not use the pedal
and in my opinion too, rags must be played without pedal


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Postby John Robson » Wed May 02, 2007 5:33 pm

It's a matter of taste. I prefer that the pedal be used sparingly myself.

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Postby hasekamp » Fri May 11, 2007 3:36 pm

I thought I had replied to this thread with my PDA some time ago, but apparently that did not work, because I don't see it. PDA's lead their own lives, it seems.

I have listened to many Ragtime recordings in the past years, and I prefer the ones on which the rags are being played without the use of any pedal.
In my humble attempts, some years ago, to pay Ragtime I also tried to keep from the pedal completely.

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I have had classical piano lessons as a youth, then turned to jazz, then I did hardly play at all for many years and now I have returned to the Classics. I have lessons again since September 2007, and a new teacher since January 2013.


Postby Anonymous » Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:14 am

They don't sound pedaled. Maple Leaf Rag has a staccato marking on the second section.

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Postby PJF » Fri Aug 03, 2007 3:42 pm

I think it's okay to pedal a rag. Just use it sparingly. IMO, there shouldn't be any legato pedaling. It also depends on the particulars of the piece and composer's instructions, if any.

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Re: Pro-choice

Postby juufa72 » Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:54 pm

John Robson wrote:It's a matter of taste. I prefer that the pedal be used sparingly myself.

Although I never played through any ragtime music, I agree with the above.
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Postby Anonymous » Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:19 am

From what I've read if one is accustomed to playing classical pieces where the left hand alternates with roots in octaves and chords, ragtime can be very challenging. It is what I like to term keyboard gymastics or calisthenics. I'm finished learning the first 2 choruses of Maple leaf. 2 more to go! It is AABBACD. But I've heard it performed ABACD.

Without the metronome is almost impossible. It requires a lot of cordination. I prefer to memorize it and once I've learned it forget about the printed page. Like any other classical piece, time and patience are necessary elements for mastering ragtime pieces.

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