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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by HassBacker, Nov 30, 2005.
Hi all, would you please enlighten me as to what it means to
"pedal" a note. Thanks.
It means you have one note repeated in the bass, often with harmonic and melodic motion on top of it. Usually the pedal tone is a "common tone" among the harmonies above it.
Check out the bass line to "jump" by Van Halen.
Thanks Will, I'll check that tune out. Can you or anyone else supply some more examples?
The bass line to 46&2 by Tool (the intro bit) features the technique.
^^ Im guessing in 46&2, the D is the common tone?
Ooh, good guess.
From what I've been taught, the pedal note is usually the 5th. And it's like a vamp but on the 5th.
Jazzin', that's a good example of a pedal tone in one application. A lot of bass players will pedal the fifth in a jazz tune, it adds a lot of tension. But the term "pedal" refers to a much broader musical tool.
Oh and I said that it's "usually" a common tone, so you can have harmonies over the pedal that don't contain the pedal note.
Will, I would imagine the term "pedal" is in reference to an organ?