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benzi

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hi
does any one can contribute
any idea about the topic of pedal in major key
a practical way to practice it over two five. intros etc
thanks
benzi

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TLerch

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Hi Benzi,
 One thing you can try right away is to play a ii V7 I with the root of the V7 in the bass of all the chords, you can try this in D major for instance so that the open A string will serve as the pedal. also try iii VI7 ii V7 I . It helps to voice your chords on the top 4 strings.
Another fun thing to do is to play an entire D major chord scale sequence ascending or descending,  with an open A in the bass of all of the chords. Ted did this type of thing often. My favorite is to play a diatonic cycle of fourths with a melodic sequence like the ones in modern chord progressions and use the open A string as a pedal for the whole thing or try it in A major and use the open E string for the pedal. You can certainly use fretted notes as pedals and notes other than the V of the key as well and don't forget to try a pedal as the highest note or even in the middle somewhere. great fun ! experiment.
 There are almost limitless possibilities but the above suggestions have a immediate result that you might find enjoyable.
take care
Tim

TLerch

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Hi Charles.
You also might like to try making a harmonic at the 12th fret on the open A and use that as a pedal. I like to hit it once and let it ring. Putting it up an octave is a nice effect as it mingles with the other voices more.
Try the bridge to Body and Soul were it goes to D major with an A pedal in the bass.
Air conditionally yours ,
Tim

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As an fyi...The book by Eddie Arkin is still available.  I looked at a few samples and it looks nice.  Thanks for the indirect heads up, Charles.

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