Hey guys, here’s a short lesson on single string pedal point shapes. It is all in C major but as usual, I urge you to apply this to every key and string.
A pedal point is a note that is either sustained (usually heard in organ pieces and usually a very low note) or a note that is constantly repeated. Composers like Bach, Scarlatti and Handel used this technique. It sounds really cool on a harpsichord!
This exercise helped me develop speed and strength in my pinky.
- Try using 3 notes per string scales and applying these patterns.
- If your hand hurts, stop!
- It may be difficult at first because of all the involvement of the pinky.
- Try skipping some patterns.
You can download a free PDF of the lesson here.
I hope you guys enjoyed this short lesson! If you have any questions, please comment below and I’ll answer them as soon as I can. Thanks!
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