Welcome back! In this lesson I will be showing you a very cool technique I like to use which is popular in many styles of music, but is typically used in classical music and neoclassical shred. This technique is called pedal points. A pedal point is a sustained or repeated note, usually in the bass, while other parts move up or down.
Pedal points have a very distinct sound and are used in many different ways with single notes and with chords; for this lesson we will be using single notes. Pedal points are also a great way to build up your coordination and technique. I use this technique on my latest, upcoming CD "Electric City," We will cover a small segment in this lesson.
Example 1. This first example is based on the A harmonic minor scale (A, B, C, D, E, F, G#). This pedal point is based on two strings moving down the neck, pedaling each scale tone from the A harmonic minor scale beginning with F on the high E string. Try applying this pattern to different scales.
MP3 - Pedal Points, Example 1
Example 2. Now we will expand this idea a little further and we will use all six strings. In this example we will be using the same scale as the previous example, but we will be pedaling just the C note on the first string and moving right down the scale. This is a great exercise to help develop your string skipping technique.
MP3 - Pedal Points, Example 2
Example 3. This next example is from my song "Napali Coast" from my CD "Electric City". This example is based on the C melodic minor scale (C, D, Eb, F, G, A, B). The cool thing about this line is it does not just go up and down the scale, it is a melodic line that is pedaling the D on the G string above the melody. This creates a neat effect; try creating a melody and then place a pedal tone above it.
MP3 - Pedal Points, Example 3
Example 4. OK, now we will reverse this idea and move up and down the neck pedaling a lower tone. This example moves up and down the A melodic minor scale (A, B, C, D, E, F#, G#), pedaling the A note on the D string. This one can be tricky at high speeds, you might want to follow the fingerings supplied.
MP3 - Pedal Points, Example 4
Ok, that is it for now! I just gave you a few examples to get you started, be sure to make up your own, and be sure to visit mikecampese.com for more information.