Badinerie From Suite No. 2 In B mi­nor [Ex­cerpt 2*]

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PEDAL TONE IDEAS abound in baroque mu­sic and Bach was mas­ter­fully in­ven­tive in the myr­iad ways that he used them. In this ex­am­ple we have a ‘mo­tif’-based idea that uses the three notes F, F#, F in-be­tween each as­cend­ing pedal tone note (B, C#, D). This is then fol­lowed by a short melodic phrase that takes us back to the 5th (F#). If you are not used to this sort of idea it can seem awk­ward at first, es­pe­cially for the fret­ting hand. It’s worth the ex­tra ef­fort it will take to mas­ter it, though. Af­ter play­ing this sec­tion it’s a good idea to come up with other sim­i­lar phrases of your own in­ven­tion over dif­fer­ent chord types etc.

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