A modern grand piano features three pedals, each with very distinct abilities to change the sound of the piano. Being able to use these three pedals discerningly is an art form in itself.
I recently got interested in adding two more pedals to use in performance.
Let me introduce you to my latest discovery: my new blue tooth pedal I use for turning pages on my iPad. What a fun gadget!
I love being able to turn pages quietly and hands free, all without having to worry about the continuity of my performance.
Finding a good page turner can be so very worrisome. There are many stories of mishaps on stage during the page turning process. Some of them are good laughs, but in reality working with a page turner is rather stressful on stage.
This pedal allows me to be in control of the speed and timing of the page turn. The right pedal pages forwards, the left backwards.
It took me about three weeks to get fully accustomed to having a fourth and fifth pedal whilst playing the piano.
Special thanks to Wu Han, director of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Wu Han was so very generous to share with me her air turn pedal tips back stage last month.
She suggested this colorful tape on the right pedal which helps me find my footing on the usually black stage floors. It really helps!