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How does a Grand Piano work? - Part 2

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This part covers the three foot pedals and how they change the sound of the grand piano. We'll build off of part 1 and show you how the mechanism works inside the piano. Keep in mind that this video only covers the grand piano - the upright piano works differently. Support me on Patreon so I can make more videos like this: https://patreon.com/jaredowenanimations Help me subtitle this video in your language: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_video?v=6effL4ATZVo&ref=share Music: "Under Cover" by Wayne Jones (Youtube audio library) Made with Blender 2.79 Here is some of the gear that I use for animation: Graphics Card: GTX 1080ti https://amzn.to/2t70HN0 CPU: i7-8700k https://amzn.to/2WEk9OE Motherboard: Asus Prim Z370-A https://amzn.to/2t4EVth Microphone: Samson Go Mic https://amzn.to/2GaSpvV #grandpiano #music #b3d
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Immunity to Melancholy (23 hours ago)
Great Videos!! thank you very much!!
Jared Owen (12 hours ago)
Your welcome!
SixTube (2 days ago)
Can i use your video for my reference? I will not remove your watermark, i need animation of this video
SixTube (1 day ago)
+Jared Owen thank you so much
Jared Owen (1 day ago)
You are welcome to share my video directly from youtube.
Oscar Pérez (3 days ago)
Spanish: Amigo excelente explicacion y animacion, agradezco que tomes tiempo para crear la animacion, luego hacer el video y subirlo a youtube para que todo el mundo conozca el funcionamiento de los pedales en el piano. Fantastico. Un saludo y abrazo desde Sudamerica. Nos vemos pronto. English: English: Friend excellent explanation and animation, I appreciate that you take time to create the animation, then make the video and upload it to YouTube so that everyone knows the operation of the pedals on the piano. Fantastic. Greetings and embrace from South America. See you soon.
Jared Owen (3 days ago)
Thanks Oscar! You are kind to put your response in both languages
Amazingly Amazing! (6 days ago)
I heard sostenuto pedal like this : sosteNOODLE pedal
Andreas Wigbers (6 days ago)
Very interesting! The animations are clear so the commendation is. Great YouTube channel!
Jared Owen (5 days ago)
Thanks Andreas
alaricikyticky (7 days ago)
Jared! Part 1 and Part 2 are just FANTASTIC! You've got some good videos out man! Definitely hitting the subscribe button! Good luck!
Jared Owen (6 days ago)
fur king el (8 days ago)
soft pedal, besides these two videos blew my mind!
Swaroop R (8 days ago)
Such a simple,superb way to explain the complex things, Thumbs Up
Rielly Tate (9 days ago)
i learned everything about a piano i dint even know how it worked lmao
Keno Fuhrken (9 days ago)
Sauce zu noodle paddle...
Rakesh (10 days ago)
Thank you... Execellent animation.. helps greatly to learn how piano actually works
Floris van der Zwaal (10 days ago)
Awesome! 👍🤟
N1C0 98 (10 days ago)
What happens if you hit a key while youre pressing the sostenuto pedal? Would the bar prohibit the damper from raising since its already impeding the previous notes' damper? Wouldn't that damage the felt?
Όνομα Επώνυμο (10 days ago)
And just like the previous part, this was very helpful too, thanks again mate! :D
Jared Owen (9 days ago)
Jack Villan (11 days ago)
What about the lower notes in combination with the soft pedal how does that work
Mathias Lomholt (11 days ago)
Waow! I did not know how much mechanism a piano has! I’m surprised!
BlobityBlob (14 days ago)
must've been a nightmare to make before
Vilhelmas (14 days ago)
As a person who plays piano, this was very informative to me, the mechanisms part.
Joshua Cordero (15 days ago)
Look inside a violin its interesting
bleach (16 days ago)
I think you forgot that the wooden seat can open to store notes
Adam Green (16 days ago)
these animations are truly amazing. i really enjoyed learning about the piano 😅
Jared Owen (15 days ago)
Thank you!
Fisnik Sylka (16 days ago)
The greatest channel I discovered in 2019 so far. Great animations, great explanations and very detailed. Perfect!
Jared Owen (15 days ago)
Tucker Busfield (17 days ago)
What about an upright piano?
Christoph S. (18 days ago)
I watched both animations with my mouth open and now have a desire to sturdie engineering xD
Jared Owen (18 days ago)
Thanks Christoph
Chewy Lewy (18 days ago)
What if the soft pedal is pressed and a low note with only one string is played? Would it completely miss the string or hit it just the same?
Jared Owen (18 days ago)
It'll still hit the one string
Sushant (19 days ago)
You are great
ALPHA FUGLOW (19 days ago)
I’m the guy that plays the organ Oh did I mention it plugs into the wall
Emily Bujor (21 days ago)
I used to think that the sostenuto pedal was a defective sustain pedal! 😂
Zach Elnar (21 days ago)
when i hear the word "sostenuto" i mishear it as sostenoodle.
Aidan Pratt (22 days ago)
I has a grand piano and have seen it taken apart. Really cool in person
Pianoss (22 days ago)
Piano 4 pedals created by Stuart & Sons
Bro Penguin (23 days ago)
How an organ works
Jared Owen (22 days ago)
I've thought about that one - thanks for the suggestion! I'll see what I can do
Bananny Rabbit (24 days ago)
I have an elecric piano so none of this matters
Byungkyu Lee (24 days ago)
great explanation! thank you
Jared Owen (24 days ago)
itsalexanderbotha (24 days ago)
What about the felt pedal?
João Francisco Alves Borges (25 days ago)
What an amazing video. Very instructive. Thanks for sharing.
Jared Owen (24 days ago)
Your welcome!
Blue Acidball (25 days ago)
What a coincidence, I got an ad on learning to play the piano before the video started...
Reggie Rappis (25 days ago)
If you press the middle pedal and then a note what happens? Does the damper get stuck under the rod?
BroodjeMeme (25 days ago)
the middle pedal makes it soft. people call it the practise pedal. if everyone sleeps you can still play haha
Max Hennessy (23 days ago)
Some uprights have a practice pedal, which is useful for practicing quietly. What he described here is the Sostenuto middle pedal on grand pianos which sustains the notes you just played. Two different things.
Jared Owen (25 days ago)
Very true!
I Hate Click Bait (26 days ago)
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jorge bc (30 days ago)
nice work! 👌🏽
Jared Owen (29 days ago)
Thanks Jorge!
Xudong Wang (1 month ago)
Great now do how does a electric keyboard works
Evil Omega (1 month ago)
Jared, at 2:55 there are an piece who is brighter than other, and the red piece who sticking out is taller than other, why ?
Evil Omega (6 days ago)
+hatcap_offical maybe
hatcap_offical (6 days ago)
c key, maybe?
Evil Omega (12 days ago)
+Epic Maus maybe
Epic Maus (13 days ago)
Probably so it would stand out when all the other pieces were put back.
Ali Er (1 month ago)
Great 2 video.Thanks.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Your welcome! Thanks for watching
Greg Cleveland (1 month ago)
Bravo! Great explanation. I'll show this to my students and let them learn at a much younger age!!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Greg - I'm glad you like it
MrMisticoMagico (1 month ago)
There is a small crew of psychopaths disliking wonderful videos.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Gentleman's Gazette (1 month ago)
Awesome video series that would have been even better if we could have heard how the sound changes with the different pedals.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks! Yeah if I had better sound recording equipment I probably would have done that. Thanks for your comment
doge shiba147 YT (1 month ago)
i learned everything in this video
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
AstroAstro (1 month ago)
This is probably the most underrated channel there is... It’s just so good
Cheap Box (1 month ago)
Great job, bro.👌👌👏👏
Daniel Séguin (1 month ago)
Superb animation and high quality video. Congratulations.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Daniel!
Yeoj Henrie Sayadi (1 month ago)
Nice animation
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Tuan Nguyen (1 month ago)
Thx Jared, so cool!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thank you!
Andres Morales (1 month ago)
Great videos and very good explanation, could you make a video with the pipe organ?
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Excellent idea - I'll make sure that's on my list!
Huzzzer (1 month ago)
Your videos are absolutely amazing. I'm so glad I've found this channel, because since I have, I've learned more than I've learned in school.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Kerbtube (1 month ago)
How long does your blender animation take to render?
Kerbtube (1 month ago)
+Jared Owen yes! I use Bender. My 10 second animation needed 3 hours to render with GTX 750ti
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
This one took about 60 hours - I can't remember for sure. I have a GTX 1080ti. Do you use blender?
Frank wu (2 months ago)
The soft pedal is just a fancy crowbar!
Alexis Mandelias (2 months ago)
2:55 how can other keys be pressed when the bar is lifted?
Ito Rijal (2 months ago)
Same question.
Stev 1000 (2 months ago)
How about a small grand piano
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Hi Stev! Can you tell me what you mean by "small grand piano?" As long as it's still a grand piano the mechanism would still be the same
Shanilka Wariyapperuma (2 months ago)
Excellent explanation and excellent animation. I'm looking for usef of grand piano's paddles. Thanks bro.... 👌👌👌
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Glad to help Shanilka! Thanks for watching
BoggyBolt (2 months ago)
Awesome video, great quality, great explanation aswell. To me it feels like animations these days show things well, but don't explain so great. They have very good graphics, but use too complicated language, or they just simply don't explain *why* it was made like that or what is the device's purpose. This is why I think those old style American educational films are so amazing. They show very well, AND explain for the common man. They start by presenting a problem, showing what the problem is, and then showing, with very simple language, how everything works. I just have one gripe with this video specifically You never showed how it looks when you press a key while the sostenuto pedal is already pressed. I wonder how it works, and someone who knows nothing may think that the keys just wouldn't press.
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks BoggyBolt - you are correct, I should have shown what it looks like with the sostenuto pedal pressed! Several others have commented on that as well
Ramesh Chathuranga (2 months ago)
Thank you very much for the video!
Dave Gale (2 months ago)
It might be good to point out that the bridge transfers the sound energy from the strings to the sound board. Great video!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Dave!
Mai Smith (2 months ago)
3:24 "pretty neat huh?" reminds me of bill wurtz's entire history video
Star Studios (2 months ago)
I've said it before, and i'll say it agein: I LOVE YOUR CHANEL!
Star Studios (2 months ago)
+Jared Owen no need to thank me, Im just supporting the best educational Youtube chanel! :)
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thank you Star Studios!
Star Studios (2 months ago)
Looks like it would be harder to play a grand piano with pedals than drive a manual car xD
Star Studios (20 days ago)
+Max Hennessy i agree
Max Hennessy (23 days ago)
I've done both many times. Piano is much harder., in my opinion.
Max Ekeler (2 months ago)
Say if I were to push the middle pedal and then I would play a note what would happen? Will I break it?
Emin Aygün (2 months ago)
Oh. My. God. Such a piece of art by itself. Pianos always amaze me.
FrazzeledCubeBoy 191 (2 months ago)
200 th comment
Elizabeth (2 months ago)
who knew!?! Neat!
Clash Gaming (3 months ago)
clutch, brake, gas
Jackson Brown (3 months ago)
Of course I got a simply piano ad
Tony's AWESOME channel (3 months ago)
I have an upright piano so the middle pedal is the soft pedal, but it works by putting felt in between the hammers and strings.
JoshuaBuildster (3 months ago)
You look like (from your pfp) my step/half (I forgot) cousin that has recently graduated...
satya kasina (3 months ago)
Victor Slimák (3 months ago)
isint the Sostenuto pedal the same as the damper pedal since any key that is pressed will have its dampener held up by the Sostenuto rod?
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
The difference is when the keys are pressed. The sostenuto pedal will only sustain the notes if they are played before the pedal is pressed.
jeffrey1017 (3 months ago)
wait how did those people make such incredible instruments all the way back from the 18th century?
Guitar Les Paul (3 months ago)
Taught me more than a month of school, great video!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Awesome - glad to hear it.
leenlins (3 months ago)
I love your videos
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thank you!
William Lai (3 months ago)
pretty neat huh?!?!
Subscribe To Pewdiepie (3 months ago)
ever wondered why electric is cheaper? but people still buy strings because it sounds better
Rick in Texas (3 months ago)
Great video. I’m a a beginner student on piano. This really helped.
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks Rick and I'm glad I could help
Shreesh Garg (3 months ago)
And yes excellent animations
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Shreesh Garg (3 months ago)
Thanks Jared I had seen all your videos and understood working of things that I used to wonder about
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thanks Shreesh!
Jefry Lim (3 months ago)
what about the last string (1 string ) if you press the left pedal?
Ignacio Catalán (3 months ago)
this was truly fascinating, and the animations were really illustrative, thank you for this video
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Your welcome! Thanks for taking the time to watch
insanegamers134’s Weegee account (3 months ago)
I was confused because if you hit the damper pedal it lifts the dampers and keeps the sound going, and with the sostenuto pedal it only does it for the keys you play. So if I’m correct they both only keep the sound going for the keys you play just one lifts up all the dampers and one doesn’t. What I’m saying is that they should both have the same outcome. And please correct me if I’m wrong, I’m always up for constructive criticism so I have the right information.
insanegamers134’s Weegee account (3 months ago)
Thanks Jared for letting me know!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Sostenuto pedal is only for the keys that are being played at that time - the damper pedal works for keys played after it is pressed. They are very similar though. Thank you for watching and commenting!
insanegamers134’s Weegee account (3 months ago)
Also I cannot describe how amazing your animation skills are because everything is so incredibly smooth and well timed
David, John Paulo C. (3 months ago)
Now I know why it is too expensive.
Apex Sprites (3 months ago)
I show this video to my piano students when they ask how a piano works.
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Neat! Thank you Dustin. I was really hoping this video would be useful
Zypher Zolei (3 months ago)
The sostenuto pedal always confused me to how it worked. But now I know.
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
glad to help!
Saksam Arora (3 months ago)
So, what will happen if i press the sostenuto pedal first and then press a key? Will the key press? Will the sound of this key stop after releasing?
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
You will have to try it - I'm actually not sure
meme network (3 months ago)
One cool thing some people do is put things like pliers and other objects on the strings to make weird sounds. I believe it’s called a fixed piano
meme network (3 months ago)
Thank you very much for the reply. I did a bit of research. It’s actually called a prepared piano.
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
DH CarrotPlayz (3 months ago)
I played piano for a while and as a curious person I was, I messed with the piano I had and I knew what all the keys and pedals did. The only thing I didn’t and couldn’t know was how the mechanism worked, and this video showed me just that! Thanks!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Glad to help!
MountainDrewYT (3 months ago)
Sostenuto Sosanudo Sausanoodo Saucey Noodle
Ito Rijal (2 months ago)
Leonaяdo DiCapяio (3 months ago)
The pedals are clutch, break and throttle. Easy.
Richard James (3 months ago)
Extremely well made videos, I'm glad I found your channel!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thanks Richard!
Blaze Wolf (3 months ago)
Sostonuto pedal = ,
최강현 (3 months ago)
I wish to see how does upright piano works.
Daniel Agostinho (3 months ago)
3:42 i think you mean soft pedal, but both videos are great, i think these are the best that explains the grand Piano Mechanism really well
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Yes I think your right! I messed up on that part :( Thanks for your comment Daniel
Cy Shuster (3 months ago)
Very well done! I'm going to link to it from my site (I'm a piano technician). This is especially helpful in understanding the sostenuto pedal, which I find helpful to think of as a clamp, while the other two are actual levers. There's a tiny misstatement at 3:42: you're describing the una corda pedal, but said "damper pedal" by accident.
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thank you! yeah I did mess up at 3.42