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