How to Use Pedal Tones (for Dramatic Effect!)

Change is overrated. At least when it comes to employing a Pedal Tone technique.

The effect of every note in your progression changing while the bass tones just hover is infectious and dramatic. In fact, there’s nothing quite as mysterious as a progression that is both moving forward and staying the same at the same time — when paired with lyrics that enhance that sense of ambiguity, that can give your listener some hardcore goosebumps.

Whether you’re vamping on a single note that eventually gives way to a triumphant release, rocking back and forth in an ostinato, or droning into oblivion with sustained tones, this video is here to help you push your music to dramatic new heights.

Here’s how to put your pedal to the metal!

For more on the usefulness of pedal tones (or pedal point), check out “When Truman Touches the Wall” right here on Flypaper.

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