Songs which use pedal notes

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HaychHaych Frets: 5729
So, I've been noodling and have fallen upon a nice little ditty.  Trouble is (maybe it isn't?), it uses a pedal note throughout on the A string, while the chord tones (just the 3rd and 5th) change between D^, C^, Bm, Am and G^.

To me it sounds alright, I quite like it, but I'm worried that hanging on to the A pedal/bass/whatever it actually is, is completely boring.

I can't think of any for myself, but are there any well known songs which hang onto a pedal throughout?  Are there any which use a pedal for a significant part but change partway through?

Would be interesting to research how writers far better than me handled it.

TIA


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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 26825
    Errr....every djent song ever?
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 5729
    Errr....every djent song ever?
    Hmm, no disrespect to djent, but it’s not the kind of stuff I’m ever likely to hear. 

    Anything slightly more folky maybe?

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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 2428
    There are some fairly epic pedals on the violins in this:


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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 7860



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  • Open_GOpen_G Frets: 151
    Can’t think of anything specific but there’s quite a few of Led Zep’s more acoustic stuff that’s quite pedally- particularly if in an alternate tuning. Can’t think of a song that maintains it throughout, there’s usually a move to the 4 or 5. 

    It’s often used as a bit of a bridge- think run to the hills. 
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  • oh_pollooh_pollo Frets: 870
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 26825
    Haych said:
    Errr....every djent song ever?
    Hmm, no disrespect to djent, but it’s not the kind of stuff I’m ever likely to hear. 

    Anything slightly more folky maybe?
    No no, by all means - disrespect away.

    Although on second thoughts, I'm not sure it counts as "pedal notes" when there are no other notes in the song.
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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 4932
    The Beatles' "If I Needed Someone" has a pedal note through the verse (I think it's in A), but changes for the middle eight.  
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  • BellycasterBellycaster Frets: 5871
    Here is a good demo.



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    Only a Fool Would Say That.
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  • vizviz Frets: 10740
    edited May 19
    Kashmir
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    Smoke on the Water (that low G)
    Wonderwall (top G and D)
    Al di Meola - Song to the Pharaoh Kings (when the bass kicks in - it’s a pedal tune rather than note)
    Everybody wants to rule the world
    Mr Brightside - pedal in the vocals
    Bon Jovi - Dead or Alive (the D)
    New Model Army - Here Comes The War
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    Supportact said: [my style is] probably more an accumulation of limitations and bad habits than a 'style'.
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  • slackerslacker Frets: 2256
    Does thunderstruck qualify?
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  • Have a listen to  Mississippi hill country players such as Robert Belfour and RL Burnside. There are a lot of tunes which just stick to one chord with a pedal bass throughout the whole number, such as John Lee Hooker's Boogie Chillun..and of course as done by ZZ Top with La Grange. Here's my take on the Robert Belfour classic "Hill Stomp".

     
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  • vizviz Frets: 10740
    edited April 30
    slacker said:
    Does thunderstruck qualify?


    Yep
    Roland said: Scales are primarily a tool for categorising knowledge, not a rule for what can or cannot be played.
    Supportact said: [my style is] probably more an accumulation of limitations and bad habits than a 'style'.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 4973
    What is a pedal bass?
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  • HaychHaych Frets: 5729
    Here is a good demo.



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    Thanks @Bellycaster, that was very informative.  Appreciate everyone else's input too, thank you.

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  • Dan_HalenDan_Halen Frets: 1654
    We Built This City by Starship uses one I think in the verse. Builds a nice tension then releases it in what's probably the pre-chorus.
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  • BillDLBillDL Frets: 7474
    Most traditional Southern African music uses pedal tones, most often with the vocal lines over the music (think of Wimoweh), but in many instances in the guitar playing.  Listen to Under African Skies by Paul Simon as a kind of modernised example of that African style.  It's played in Eb and most people would just play a I, IV, I, V loop, but I hear it differently with a pedal note either being played or being implied as the melody dances around that note.  Transpose it to E and start with the open A form full barre chord at the 7th fret where the B note on the high E is ringing and make a point of catching that with upstrokes. Go to IV chord (open E form barre) at the 5th fret, but instead of playing the ordinary major chord move your pinky down to the 1st string, 7th fret (A9) so that it keeps the B note ringing as you catch it with staccato upstrokes.  Back to E again and for the V chord play it as the open E form barre chord B or B7 and keep catching that B note on the 7th fret of the 1st string.  That may not be the way either guitar plays it, but that's the sound I hear in my head as it is all put together with vocals and bass.  It can sound a little dissonant but it's fleeting and is the essence of syncopted and slightly dissonant Southern African music that I grew up hearing.
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  • Queen and David Bowie's Under Pressure utilises a pedal D based riff in the intro and first half of the verses (if you're including a bass guitar providing the pedal note). The bass then follows the descending major scale on the second half of the verse down the octave, more melodically underpinning the chord changes. Very effective!
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 72740
    Simple Minds - Waterfront. The keyboards and guitar change chords but the bass stays on the same repeated D note the whole way through.


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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 3596
    Back of my hand by the Jags has a pedal note in the into motif.
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