Here’s a concept that you’ll see all over the place! Pedal Tones. It’s common in all sorts of styles, genres, and different instruments. This is also a great idea for songwriting as well.

The idea is to pick a static bass note and use diatonic triads on top.

Diatonic?! That just means in the key of. Examples of songs that use include (but not limited to):

Dear Prudence – The Beatles

Running With the Devil – Van Halen

Jack & Diane – John Mellancamp

Mercy – Duffy

-Related Lessons-

0:40 – Playing Triads (Whole Neck & All Strings!)
0:58 – Transposing (Chords as Numbers)?! | UGT 5/8
1:50 – Adding Cool Chords to Your Song (Borrowed Chords)
2:30 – Playing Triads (Whole Neck & All Strings!)
3:51 – 6th String Barre Chords | BO 9/10


Pedal Tones TabTriads & Chords

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