6/18/2018

Bass Creative - Pedal Tone Basslines (Part 2)

Continuing last weeks column about "Pedal Tone Basslines".

Here's another progression with non-diatonic chords. This time in the key of E major. Try to find your own basslines too.



Here’s another example with the main chords ( I - IV - V) in D major:



Here are some examples of some well-known songs utilizing bass pedal points:

The key is G minor and the bass plays a tonic pedal (G) against the diatonic chords of the i. , iii. & iv. Degree of the G minor scale. The Db chord is just a passing chord.




The chorus and the verses of Van Halens "Running with the Devil" are utilizing different pedal tones.


There are plenty of songs with pedal tone basslines: