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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 Music: "Under Cover" by Wayne Jones (Youtube audio library) Made with Blender 2.79
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Alexis Mandelias (19 hours ago)
2:55 how can other keys be pressed when the bar is lifted?
Ito Rijal (7 hours ago)
Same question.
Stev 1000 (1 day ago)
How about a small grand piano
Jared Owen (23 hours 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 days ago)
Excellent explanation and excellent animation. I'm looking for usef of grand piano's paddles. Thanks bro.... 👌👌👌
Jared Owen (2 days ago)
Glad to help Shanilka! Thanks for watching
BoggyBolt (5 days 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 (5 days 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 (8 days ago)
Thank you very much for the video!
Dave Gale (11 days 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 (10 days ago)
Thanks Dave!
Mai Smith (12 days ago)
3:24 "pretty neat huh?" reminds me of bill wurtz's entire history video
Star Studios (12 days ago)
I've said it before, and i'll say it agein: I LOVE YOUR CHANEL!
Star Studios (9 days ago)
+Jared Owen no need to thank me, Im just supporting the best educational Youtube chanel! :)
Jared Owen (10 days ago)
Thank you Star Studios!
Star Studios (12 days ago)
Looks like it would be harder to play a grand piano with pedals than drive a manual car xD
Max Ekeler (17 days 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 (19 days ago)
Oh. My. God. Such a piece of art by itself. Pianos always amaze me.
FrazzeledCubeBoy 191 (19 days ago)
200 th comment
Elizabeth (19 days ago)
who knew!?! Neat!
Clash Gaming (25 days ago)
clutch, brake, gas
Jackson Brown (26 days ago)
Of course I got a simply piano ad
Tony's AWESOME channel (26 days 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 (27 days ago)
You look like (from your pfp) my step/half (I forgot) cousin that has recently graduated...
satya kasina (28 days ago)
Victor Slimák (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
wait how did those people make such incredible instruments all the way back from the 18th century?
Guitar Les Paul (1 month ago)
Taught me more than a month of school, great video!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Awesome - glad to hear it.
leenlins (1 month ago)
I love your videos
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thank you!
William Lai (1 month ago)
pretty neat huh?!?!
Snozeee (1 month ago)
ever wondered why electric is cheaper? but people still buy strings because it sounds better
Rick in Texas (1 month ago)
Great video. I’m a a beginner student on piano. This really helped.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Awesome! Thanks Rick and I'm glad I could help
Shreesh Garg (1 month ago)
And yes excellent animations
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Shreesh Garg (1 month ago)
Thanks Jared I had seen all your videos and understood working of things that I used to wonder about
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Shreesh!
Jefry Lim (1 month ago)
what about the last string (1 string ) if you press the left pedal?
Ignacio Catalán (1 month ago)
this was truly fascinating, and the animations were really illustrative, thank you for this video
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Your welcome! Thanks for taking the time to watch
insanegamers134’s Weegee account (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Thanks Jared for letting me know!
Jared Owen (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Also I cannot describe how amazing your animation skills are because everything is so incredibly smooth and well timed
David, John Paulo C. (1 month ago)
Now I know why it is too expensive.
Dustin Powell (1 month ago)
I show this video to my piano students when they ask how a piano works.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Neat! Thank you Dustin. I was really hoping this video would be useful
Zypher Zolei (1 month ago)
The sostenuto pedal always confused me to how it worked. But now I know.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
glad to help!
Saksam Arora (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
You will have to try it - I'm actually not sure
Thanos Car (1 month 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
Thanos Car (1 month ago)
Thank you very much for the reply. I did a bit of research. It’s actually called a prepared piano.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
DH CarrotPlayz (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Glad to help!
MountainDrew (1 month ago)
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Ito Rijal (7 hours ago)
Leonaяdo DiCapяio (1 month ago)
The pedals are clutch, break and throttle. Easy.
Richard James (1 month ago)
Extremely well made videos, I'm glad I found your channel!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Richard!
Blaze Wolf (1 month ago)
Sostonuto pedal = ,
최강현 (1 month ago)
I wish to see how does upright piano works.
Daniel Agostinho (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Yes I think your right! I messed up on that part :( Thanks for your comment Daniel
Cy Shuster (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Thank you! yeah I did mess up at 3.42
Chonlasit Suansompark (1 month ago)
Great!! Keep doing.
ZiggyZeg 2005 (1 month ago)
the models must take a long time to make!
ZiggyZeg 2005 (1 month ago)
+Jared Owen wow, and your welcome!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Yeah this was took close to 100 hours but I think it was worth it. thanks for watching!
Puneet Dwivedi (1 month ago)
Amazing!! Thanks for the video.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thank you for watching!
Rahul Bhatti (1 month ago)
Nice animations super duper mind blowing sir I like the way you teach us thank you very much
Rahul Bhatti (1 month ago)
+Jared Owen my pleasure sir
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thank you Rahul!
Oliver Clayton (1 month ago)
That’s amazing I’ve been playing the piano for 7 years and I’m 13 I still didn’t know what the left one did
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Glad you like it Oliver
LeonardoGulli (1 month ago)
Jared that was amazing man, keep it up!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Leonardo!
Sumitabha Saha Roy (1 month ago)
Great job man!!
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Sumitabha!
Kleanthis Kleanthous (1 month ago)
No wonder why it costs over 8 grand
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Neima Osman (1 month ago)
Flora Lim (1 month ago)
Phenomenal work here, Jared! Can't wait to share it with my students. Thank you.
Dan Saginow (1 month ago)
great work! everything you need to know.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Thanks Dan
Epic Shiny Fennekin (1 month ago)
What about a upright piano with tree pedals?
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Different mechanism - I might do another video in the future
TheSaint135 (1 month ago)
Absolutely amazing!
True love Katyusha (1 month ago)
I' dont have a pedal, Why?
True love Katyusha (1 month ago)
I've got Davis 4900 Electric organ piano but instead of pedal, i've used of system
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
Is yours an electric piano by any chance?
carbon273 (2 months ago)
Wow. Whoever invented the piano is a genius.
Jared Owen (1 month ago)
I agree! Very complicated mechanism
Dale Justin Mirabel (2 months ago)
*and i got ANOTHER piano advert*
Nguyen Henry (2 months ago)
amazing content man!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Nguyen
Jomon Scarlett (2 months ago)
Nice presentation I like it
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Jomon
JoeN1838 (2 months ago)
Very interesting and extremely well done! Just some fun facts about variations of these pedals: on many uprights and some grand pianos, the Sostenuto Pedal can be a variation of two things: most often it can be a lever that does the same thing as the Sustain Pedal, except it only sustains all notes below Middle C, and another variation I have seen is a lever which drops felt in between the strings and the hammer to reduce sound. Also on uprights, rather than shift the keyboard, the left pedal ("Soft Pedal") moves all of the hammers closer to the strings to slightly reduce volume, and it also helps to play ever so slightly quicker. On most grand and minigrand pianos, however, the pedals function exactly as described in the video. I think these animations are great!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Joe!
Alan Polanco (2 months ago)
Love these videos
george gogo (2 months ago)
excellent tutorial
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks George
Mike Minr (2 months ago)
Amazing, I absolutly loved it!
Mike Minr (2 months ago)
Yes, I do. It is an amazing piece of work. I wonder how long it took to create it!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Mike! Do you play piano?
Amy Stephens: Jazz Composer & Pianist (2 months ago)
Thank you so much, Jared! My entire piano studio (40 students) is really enjoying learning about the inner workings of the piano. Your videos are so well-crafted and thorough! Keep up the great work!!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thank you for your kind words - I'm glad to hear my videos are useful!
rikkey3k (2 months ago)
Excellent video! Thanks for the hard work.
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Your welcome! Thanks Rikkey
Barry S (2 months ago)
I implore you to make more videos. I absolutely love them. I know you probably get this stuff a lot but seriously. This is the kind of teaching and instruction that is so clear and concise and made with love that it gives me motivation to pursue my own goals. NEVER STOP!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thank you Barry! More good stuff to come
SouranilD (2 months ago)
Loved the way you explained. found a video of yours in my recommendations, and now I cannot stop binge watching!
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Good to hear! I'm glad you are entertained
Masood Khan (2 months ago)
Great and very informative... keep up the good work bro 👍
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Thanks Masood
CheerfxulEwen (2 months ago)
How does a flute work
Jared Owen (2 months ago)
Hi Ewen - thanks for the suggestion!
Nick Daniels (3 months ago)
My daughter and I never understood how pianos worked before and this was so well done, we are enlightened, thank you!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thank you for your kind words Nick!
Zackory Cramer (3 months ago)
The piano is actually quite mechanical.
Deb Waldron (3 months ago)
Thank you! I just finished reading Thad Carhart's "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank" (and loved it) and wanted a better idea of what he was describing. Your videos are clear and dynamic and exactly what I needed to see.
Gerry Mark Gubantes (3 months ago)
what software did you use to make the animation?
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
syahrul muharam (3 months ago)
Thank's for this video, it's so helpful
Lennard Saez (3 months ago)
You are so great! Thanks for the information! Now i will check if the whole keys are shifting to the right once I stepped on the soft pedal
Pamela Nava (3 months ago)
woow!! amazing videos!! you help in my work but also you teach me more!! thanks a lot!!!
Jared Owen (3 months ago)
Thanks Pamela - glad to hear it!
Ayush Gupta (4 months ago)
Good work
David Paez (4 months ago)
Great content. Always thought of a cool animation channel like this.
Zhongdong Yang (4 months ago)
Great work! Thank you!
MrsCanadiam_RBLX ;3 (4 months ago)
I love how you explain everything it helps me so much to understand
yashwant vishwakarma (4 months ago)
What a great instrument
The Skipper (4 months ago)
Outstanding video(s)! I’m not a pianist but grew up with a piano in our home and had, heretofore, NO clue about the soft pedal shifting the keyboard! I’m sure that as the piano was being developed, the inventors could not possibly have begun to comprehend the complicated compositions that would one day be spawned from their creation.
Irodragon (1 month ago)
No they did in fact that's why it was created in the first place to replace the inferior harpsichord, the piano only started with 2 pedals at the start i believe the third is relatively new
Immunity (4 months ago)
I have a question for you How are you so talented in this?
Amey Wadadekar (5 months ago)
Nicely explained, thank you
That Mikey.K.official (5 months ago)
Do a vid on how a house works
GodlikeBlock (5 months ago)
i had no idea how the sostenuto worked, you did an excellent job explaining it! well done!
Demir Sezer (5 months ago)
New videos pls
ALPHA RETURNS101 (5 months ago)
Heres another one how a tv works
autumn leon (5 months ago)
Thank for your share, it's very useful.
GUDU - R ELECTRONIC (5 months ago)
I like to watch your videos. Can you make a video on how audio speakers work? Of course I know how it works because I am involve in electronics but, I like to watch the 3d animation on how it works.
octive100 (5 months ago)
you should explain what makes the upright different
DavidThomas Scorbal (6 months ago)
Personally, I'd love to see a video about how you make your animations. Your style is fantastic, and a peek into your creative process would be really inspiring.
Jared Owen (6 months ago)
Thanks David! Other people have requested this too - I plan to make a "behind the scenes" video later this year :)
Alexis Mandelias (6 months ago)
Wait so when the middle pedal is pressed the dampers remain up right by blocking their way right? Then how will you press other keys of the damper's way is blocked? Edit: see 2:54 for reference: the damper of the keys that are not pressed can't be raised above the gold bar
Cameron O (6 months ago)
Always wondered why the keyboard shifted over slightly on a real piano. Makes sense now!
Lawrence Dsouza (6 months ago)
Awesome video Lovely animations
pianopera (6 months ago)
The soft pedal doesn't only make the sound softer but it also changes the tone colour because a different (lesser used) part of the hammer touches the two strings (or one string in the bass notes). However every piano will have a different response when using the soft pedal, it also depends on the condition of the hammers.
alexdiezg (6 months ago)
I knew all of this from before, but I'm glad that there's finally an animated educational video out on YouTube for everyone to see! Great job, Jared! Keep up the good work!
DerSibbe (6 months ago)
3:43 you mean "soft pedal", right? Anyway, thank you for the Video, I play the Piano for about 10 years now and until now I never really fully understood how the pedal mechanisms work... 😀 Also, i just realized that the video was uploaded on my 16th Bday😁
Chord Nazi (1 month ago)
+Jared Owen The "soft pedal" or the "una corda" pedal shifts the hammers so that they only hit one string. Una corda actually stands for "one string" Edit: that its what it has done in all of the grand pianos i've played anyway
Immunity (4 months ago)
I didn't even notice
DerSibbe (6 months ago)
Jared Owen (6 months ago)
Wow I think you are right! I hate it when I make big mistakes like that... BTW - happy 16 B-Day!