I’ve learned two entirely random facts this week, both of which I will use for the rest of my days, and both of which I’m surprised I haven’t worked out before! Both regarding sound.
Our brand new Steinway model B had a little tlc last Thursday morning, ahead of Joanna MacGregor’s visit later that day. [I wondered whether it needed a little more tlc once she’d finished with the Piazzolla tangos!] Whilst it was in pieces, Steinway technician David Widdicombe explained to me how the una corda pedal works. It has always struck me as a bit of a misnomer, since on a modern piano the hammer always hits at least two of the three strings. However, I had, foolishly it seems, always assumed that the left pedal was either on or off. How wrong could I be?! Where the hammers usually hit the strings, three grooves form…
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