Advanced Pedal Point in A
In this blog, we are taking the ideas of this lesson blog Major Minor Pedal Point in A a huge step further to the next level.
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If you read the above blog and the blogs it links to, then you know what a pedal point is, and what some of the cool things are that you can do with a pedal point.
Taking this all a step further, you could actually play any chord of any A scale against an A bass note to create even more different sounds and textures.
This is what Joe Satriani calls his “Pitch Axis Method”, which is really nothing more than a pedal point combining chords from a large selection of parallel scales over the tonic (the first note of all these parallel scales) as a bass note.
Using the key of A as an example.
The note A can be in 7 major scales
- A major
- Bb major
- C major
- D major
- E major
- F major
- G major
By doing this, you’ve got every A mode covered.
- A Ionian
- A Locrian (the 7th mode of Bb major)
- A Aeolian (the 6th mode of C major)
- A Mixolydian (the 5th mode of D major)
- A Lydian (the 4th mode of E major)
- A Phrygian (the 3rd mode of F major)
- A Dorian (the 2nd mode of G major)
All the chords in these 7 major scales are:
- A Bm C#m D E F#m G#dim
- Bb Cm Dm Eb F Gm Adim
- C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
- D Em F#m G A Bm C#dim
- E F#m G#m A B C#m D#dim
- F Gm Am Bb C Dm Edim
- G Am Bm C D Em F#dim
Putting all these chord options in alphabetical order
- A, Am, Adim
- B, Bm, Bim
- C, Cm
- C#m, C#dim
- D, Dm
- Eb/D#, D#dim
- E, Em, Edim
- F#m, F#dim
- G, Gm
- G#m, G#dim
This gives you a ton of really cool, interesting textures you can experiment with.
Create really cool chord progression, combining any of these chords against a repetitive A bass.
The more you play around with this, the more really cool sounding chord progressions you will discover.
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