Use of sustain pedal

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    Mikeo1938

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    I've been looking at YouTube clips of Nat King Cole - the Trio and later - and noticed that his feet are nowhere near the pedals. He usually sat swivelled round to face the audience and I can see why this was the case. But how about the sustain pedal? Did he ever use it? Is it common for pianists to ignore the pedals? I find that I really can't get by without the sustain pedal. (I play mainly standards of the 30s, 40s and 50s.)
    Comments greatly appreciated.
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    Fred Coulter Collector of ancient keyboards

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    Depends on the style of music. If Nat King Cole played with a band, it would be far less needed than if he was playing solo.
     
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    Thanks for the comment ... I forgot to say, for what it's worth, that I have an upright acoustic piano.
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