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Pedal to the Metal

Well, this month i figured that I’d try something a little different. Today, we are going to cover pedal points. What the heck is a pedal point you are probably asking? Well…. a pedal is a repeated phrase or note in a sequence. Here is an example.

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Pedal points are great to use in solos. It’s a neo-classical thing.
probably the most noted pedal point user is Yngwie Malmsteen when
it comes to guitar playing. But, pedals go way way back to the great
classical composers. Probably the most notable composer who used
pedal tones like nuts is J.S. Bach. His usage of pedals is awesome.
Here is sort of a Bach rip off line in D major.

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Now isn’t that pretty? You have to respect my main man Bach. Now,
for a similar type pedal. This is very similar to the intro to Yngwie’s “I’ll

save the light tonight” solo. Each section of 4 notes is repeated 2 times.

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Here is another really cool sounding pedal in A minor.

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Now it is time to up the ante a little. Here is one of my favorite pedal licks. Practice it slowly with strict alternate picking. Work it up to speed and it sounds mean. Start the
B on an upstroke.

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This next pedal point is from “The Ultraviolence,” by Joe Stump. It is played towards the very end of the track. It is quiet a beast.

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Here is yet another very difficult Joe Stump pedal from the beginning of “The Ultraviolence.”

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The picking in that pedal is very difficult to execute at the speed Joe plays it. The next pedal for ya is a cool arpeggio pedal. This is in E minor. I suggest using hybrid picking (Pick and fingers).

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Now, just one last really neat sounding pedal from Eric Johnson’s “Cliffs of Dover” intro solo. This is another hybrid picking pedal.

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Ok, enough of this solo wanker stuff. What about the riffs man? Well, let’s hit up some phat riffage pedals and get back down to earth. This is a cool lick  in G minor. Played straight triplets at 192 bpm.

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Speaking of driving riffage, here is another bad ass pedal riff. This one really drives. It is in the key of G minor. This is another straight triplet riff.

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pm........................................ pm... pm...

Another totally ass stomping riff. This one is from Yngwie’s “BraveHeat.”

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this lesson as well as learned something. Good
luck with pedals. Experiment, and make your own. Till next month, Peace
out.

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