#1
Are pedal riffs riffs that continiously get repeated but each time following the notes of the chord?
#2
I think you get it. As an example, if you play a G chord, an Am7 chord, and a C chord, you can hold a G note over the chords as a pedal point.
Last edited by KillahSquirrel at Aug 11, 2009,
#3
They contain a repeated 'pedal' tone on alternative notes.

bit like this -
--------------------------------
--------------------------------
--------------------------------
-------------2---3--------------
-----2---3-----------5---3---2--
---0---0---0---0---0---0---0----


the low E is a pedal tone
#4
a pedal riff is when you play a note repeatedly with a melody on top, for example, the riff from thunderstruck is a pedal riff with the open b string being the pedal tone.
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#5
Ah, so a riff that continously goes back to the note relevant to the chord being played. I thought it was the definition of playing a riff, but switching the riff to the root note of the chord that is currently being played. For example (Very crap and simple, mind you. I don't have a guitar with me right now.), written on a chord progression of D C G D (the beginning of Sweet Child Of Mine)

TAB
e -------------------------------
B -------------------------------
G -------------------------------
D --8-7--------6-5------------- REPEAT
A 5-----------3----------6-5---
E -----------------------3------
(By the way, does anyone have a program for writing tabs?)
If this isn't a pedal riff, then what is this called?

EDIT: Oops.. I wrote it in minor.
Last edited by robinlint at Aug 11, 2009,
#7
Quote by branny1982
They contain a repeated 'pedal' tone on alternative notes.

bit like this -
--------------------------------
--------------------------------
--------------------------------
-------------2---3--------------
-----2---3-----------5---3---2--
---0---0---0---0---0---0---0----


the low E is a pedal tone

That sounds awesome. Thanks. What scale did you write that in?
#10
Quote by Gacel
indeed mate

pedalling is the base of thrash metal!!!

Quite nice to know, thanks . It indeed did sound very dark with distortion on. I think i like the Phrygian scale :P
#11
80's metal and rock is full of pedal riffs....

Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
2 minutes to midnight - Iron Maiden
Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
You're In Love - Ratt
Bad Boys - Whitesnake
Animal - Def Leppard
Burn - Deep Purple (not 80's!)
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#12
Quote by steven seagull
80's metal and rock is full of pedal riffs....

Raise Your Hands - Bon Jovi
2 minutes to midnight - Iron Maiden
Wasted Years - Iron Maiden
You're In Love - Ratt
Bad Boys - Whitesnake
Animal - Def Leppard
Burn - Deep Purple (not 80's!)

Not only that. Nearly all the metal i listen to has pedal riffs. I love that sound. Thanks for telling me this!

The pedal note also sometimes gets picked several times, right? I mean, for example, in thrash metal, the pedal note is picked really fast and the melody is played along the pedal note, but it's not just alternating the pedal note with the melody notes.
Last edited by robinlint at Aug 11, 2009,
#14
Quote by branny1982
^yeah

it is a very easy way to acheive a desired tonality.

If you keep hammering one note in the bass... no matter what else you play, that is almost certainly going to be the key.


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#15
Its one note repeated, if I remember right its called a pedal, or high pedal if its a high note.


So your playing a D chord and the bass player keeps playing D under it. Or A. Usually a pedal will be the 1st or 5th note of a chord.