Post # 1
My daughter wants to take piano lessons. She is a left below knee amputee. How much will this affect her ability to use the piano pedals? She would have no problem putting her prosthetic foot on the pedal, but if quick pumping type footwork was required I could see that being much more difficult for her. Thank you so much for your input.
Post # 3
I almost never use my left foot for the damper pedal – just my right for the other pedals. I’m no expert, but I play at a moderate level for the past 15 years or so and I would say its no problem at all!
Post # 4
She could also do the electric organ. I did that and the ones I used had no pedals.
I took piano lessons for a short period of time, and the pedals weren’t even used very often. Maybe at a higher level they would be.
Post # 5
Don’t give it a second thought…get that girl in lessons if she wants ’em. :). It will not be a problem.
Post # 6
I can count the times I used my left foot (to dampen the music) on one hand, and I’ve been playing the piano for 20 years now 🙂
send her for those classes!
Post # 7
Never used my left foot EVER! Unless I was horsing around. I don’t think it will be an issue at all.
Post # 8
I have a friend with multiple fingers missing who plays the piano better than anyone I know. He plays in a band, played for his college. He is sincerely amazing.
He doesn’t play in the same way that others do, but he makes it work because he loves it. I’m sure your daughter can do the same.
Good luck to her!
Post # 9
yup, left foot not necessary. go for it!
Post # 10
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I didn’t know if it would be a problem, but I’m so happy for your daughter that the general concensus is that it won’t be a problem for her
Post # 11
Definitely not an issue! I also almost never use my left foot! Even if it were needed at some point, I’m positive that her piano teacher could figure out a way to make it work regardless!
Post # 12
Fantastic! She is really excited.
Post # 13
@AB Bride: Just a word of caution about the organ: Most of them do have a pedalboard that would absolutely require her left foot if she wanted to get the full effects. But on piano, I rarely if ever use my left foot.