Definition and background:
A directive referring to an effect on a piano when the performer fully depresses the damper pedal with the foot and only releases it half-way before depressing fully again or releasing. The markings to indicate this effect are similar to those of the damper pedal, however there is a line between the beginning and ending markings with a spike in the line where the half-pedal is to occur.
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