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Old 2007-09-23, 11:38
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Pedal tone

I've heard terms like pedal tone and simi tone and i was wanting to know what they mean.
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Old 2007-09-23, 18:48
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Pedal tones

and I think you mean semitone
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Old 2007-09-23, 21:39
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OK the semitone was very easy but i dont get the pedal tone at all.
I had this DVD and a guy was tlaking about it and that definish doesnt really explain anything about what he was tlaking about.
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Might be better to give you an example. Being the kind chap that I am, here goes:

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|-15-14-15-12-15-10-15----15----15----15----15-----| |----------------------13----12--------------------| |----------------------------------14----12----11~-| |--------------------------------------------------| |--------------------------------------------------| |--------------------------------------------------|


The "15" in the above example is the pedal tone. It also forms the basis of many thrash and melodic death style riffs, eg:

Code:
|-----------------------------| |-----------------------------| |-----------------------------| |-----------------------------| |----7---8---7---8---10-8-7---| |-000-000-000-000-000-----10~-|


This time the open "0" is the pedal tone.

Hope that helps.
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Old 2007-09-24, 16:55
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Good Job, thanks. Thats about what i thought.
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Old 2007-09-26, 22:16
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wtf, i was thinking that pedal tone is the sound of your pedal....
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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
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"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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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

Guitarists often do something similar using open strings.


Cheers on the correction. Didn't even notice I posted irrelevant information.
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