Thread: Pedal tone
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Old 2007-09-28, 04:51
JonR JonR is offline
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A pedant writes...

Davie's link wasn't quite the right one. The technical term for the thing we commonly call pedal tones or pedal notes is "pedal point"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedal_point
Quote:
"The term comes from the organ for its ability to sustain a note indefinitely and the tendency for such notes to be played on an organ's pedal keyboard. The pedal keyboard on an organ is played by the feet; as such, the organist can hold down a pedal point for lengthy periods while both hands perform higher-register music on the upper manual keyboards."

Guitarists often do something similar using open strings.
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