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I was checking out Mark Levine's comping on Little Sunflower on Aebersold Vol. 60, and I was curious about the sustain pedal usage. How do you use it in chordal playing?

If you have this passage it seems to make sense to use the sustain pedal, otherwise the gap becomes to big.

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But what about chords going up a whole step?

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Thanks in advance.

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It depends on the context of the melody and harmony. And since we can't see the key signature we can only guess at the harmony of the sequences you posted.

Pedaling when not notated is mostly done by ear.


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"comping"?

It really depends a lot on the tempo. If these chords are played in a slow tempo the pedal use would be totally different than if they were played at a fast tempo.

As has already been suggested, however, let your ear be your guide.

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If playing those legato is your concern, there are multiple ways of doing it. The first one obviously needs the use of the pedal.

In the second example, the legato can be applied to the lowest notes of the left hand and the highest notes of the right hand for instance (just figure out the fingerings that you will need to hold on to those notes while you transition to the next chord). This is if it doesn't make sense to use the pedal at that point in the music. Like others have said, make that decision based on what you hear and what you think makes sense.

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You might like to try the non-classical board.

Comping = jazzlish for accompanying.

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