Depress the pedal anew when the chord changes. If you want a blurry/misty effect, then use your ears. But if you want to go about learning in a serious way, there are entire books devoted to pedalling, so what knowledge we proffer here is only good enough for superficial use and light understanding.mercury wrote:Hi folks, I have been learning myself piano for 6 months now, and I am now and truly stuck! What I would like to know is when to use the sustain damper pedal? I am using midi files and sheet music which doesn't say when to use pedals. So is there a rule of when to play and when not to play? And do all peices of music require the pedal to be used?
I don't know what Chopin originally wrote, but my editions are just peppered with pedal marks, which I ignore. It's hard enough just sorting out the notes.
Strangely a couple of Lilac Series pieces (wonderful stuff) I have to hand have no pedal markings at all. Perhaps at that price (6p and 1/6p) they couldn't afford peddaling.
The advice here is fine, too little is better for your listeners and for your playing than too much. If you've progressed to the point where you want to study the correct peddaling then you won't be asking us amateurs.