Ex­am­ple4a ROOT PEDAL TONE WITH DIATONIC CHORDS (DO­RIAN)

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

We now take the op­po­site ap­proach to Ex­am­ple 3 (which fixed an up­per chord and moved the bass). Here we fix the bass, to cre­ate a ‘pedal tone’, and move the up­per chords re­sult­ing in a se­ries of slash chords. This is a par­tic­u­larly use­ful tech­nique in es­tab­lish­ing a mode so that the in­tended root of the mode is al­ways heard, and the ear is ‘an­chored’. This ex­am­ple is in A Do­rian, there is an A pedal tone, and the up­per chords are diatonic (from the key) of A Do­rian. You can hear a sim­i­lar idea in Kenny Bur­rell’s Mid­night Blue, Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive and Van Mor­ri­son’s Moon­dance.

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