Definition of Soft pedal

1. Noun. A pedal on a piano that moves the action closer to the strings and so soften the sound.

Generic synonyms: Foot Lever, Foot Pedal, Pedal, Treadle
Group relationships: Forte-piano, Piano, Pianoforte



Definition of Soft pedal

1. Noun. (music) The leftmost foot-pedal on most pianos which, when pushed, softens the note played. ¹

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Literary usage of Soft pedal

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1. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"The pedal at the left hand is called the soft pedal. It is to decrease the tone of the strings. The majority of the notes on a modern piano have three ..."

2. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"The soft-pedal mechanism on the majority of upright pianos simply brings the ... On the old square pianos the soft pedal placed a piece of felt between the ..."

3. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"The pedal at the left hand is called the soft pedal. It is to decrease the tone of the strings. The majority of the notes on a modern piano have three ..."

4. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1914)
"The soft pedal may be called for by the use of the words una corda, ... The soft pedal moved the hammers off one of each pair, and allowed each hammer to ..."

5. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1914)
"The soft pedal may be called for by the use of the words una corda, ... The soft pedal moved the hammers off one of each pair, and allowed each hammer to ..."

6. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1877)
"Even they use the soft pedal toe much and too often, and at unsuitable places ... I prefer that the soft pedal should be used but seldom, and, ..."

7. Waiting in the Wilderness by Enos Abijah Mills (1921)
"CHAPTER VII THE LION PLAYS soft pedal AT TIMBERLINE on Specimen Moun- A\ tain I came upon the fresh tracks of a •*• •"• mountain lion. ..."

8. Waiting in the Wilderness by Enos Abijah Mills (1921)
"CHAPTER VII THE LION PLAYS soft pedal A^ TIMBERLINE on Specimen Mountain I came upon the fresh tracks of a mountain lion. He had climbed a corner of the ..."

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