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"pedal"

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by HassBacker, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. Hi all, would you please enlighten me as to what it means to
    "pedal" a note. Thanks.
     
  2. WillBuckingham

    WillBuckingham

    Mar 30, 2005
    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.
     
  3. Thanks Will, I'll check that tune out. Can you or anyone else supply some more examples?
     
  4. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    The bass line to 46&2 by Tool (the intro bit) features the technique.
     
  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    ^^ Im guessing in 46&2, the D is the common tone?
     
  6. Ooh, good guess.
     
  7. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    From what I've been taught, the pedal note is usually the 5th. And it's like a vamp but on the 5th.
     
  8. WillBuckingham

    WillBuckingham

    Mar 30, 2005
    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.
     
  9. PunkerTrav

    PunkerTrav

    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Will, I would imagine the term "pedal" is in reference to an organ?