Development Levels


Pedaling Bertini Study in Cm (Development 11)

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Kym N., California

After the student can play the Bertini Study in C minor in Development Level 11 smoothly, how much pedaling would you suggest? Every three RH notes, light pedaling?

RH seems nice without pedaling. But the LH chords sound a bit dry without some pedaling support.

Answer
Joan H., Canada

I find some students prefer the sound with, and some without. One of the “clues” I suggest to students for pedaling is to look at which hand is playing less. Ttry pedaling just with that hand and see how it sounds when you add in the other hand. So in this piece, pedaling with the LH chords (the rhythm at the start, which is every six RH notes), has seemed about right.