Watch the The Pedal Point Technique online guitar lesson by Jeff Beasley from Shred Ahead Blues Rock
The pedal point technique originated in the Baroque era when a great composer named Johann Sebastian Bach developed it on the pedals of the organ. To this day it remains one of the most impressive and ear-grabbing melodic techniques. The technique is taking a line of notes, for example: C, D, E, F, G, and returning to a specific note (pedal tone) or notes between each note in the melodic line. For example: C, D, C, E, C, F, C, G, C, F, C, E, C, D, C. Notice we're playing the line ascending then descending and playing the pedal tone (C) in between each note as we progress. By altering certain tones in the scale I can play the pedal technique in modal forms like mixolydian, by flattening the seventh tone of the pedal.