Ex­am­ple5a PEDAL TONE IN 5THs WITH DIATONIC CHORDS

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

Another use­ful pedal tone ap­proach – in­stead of us­ing the root of the key – is to use the 5th of the key. This is very use­ful in im­ply­ing a sort of elab­o­rated V-I (the most res­o­lute cadence (re­lease of har­monic ten­sion) in tonal har­mony). Rather than sim­ply us­ing E7 to A, here a se­ries of chords from A ma­jor are used over an E pedal, cre­at­ing a se­ries of slash chords, which feel like a mo­ment of ten­sion be­fore re­solv­ing to A ma­jor.

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