Which is the proper format to use on sheet music for pedal sustain?
Boy, I am sorry I am asking lots of questions. As a retired scientist just learning to use MuseScore and to learn sheet music, I am too full of questions.
Anyway, on piano sheet music, if you have a set of note runs in the left hand for which you want to instruct the player to hold down the sustain pedal, it appears you can use two different symbols. One is the Ped & * notation, and one is the straight line notation. See this example:
In both cases, I keep having to repeat the pedal command, measure after measure. Somehow, I don't think either technique is correct. Is it? Is one of these the better notation for the song, or is there a third note I can enter, to tell the player to hold down the sustain pedal for the bases notes in a measure, then release it, then hold it down again for the next measure? My song is 5 pages and it seems too repetitive.
Thanks in advance for your help.