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Talking Technique: Pedal to the Metal

Today’s lesson is all about building cool grooves using the pentatonic scale with pedal tones, a technique often found in heavy metal. We’ll use a G minor pentatonic scale in the first area of the bass (more on that in the video). To create the pedal effect, we’ll be playing the root of the scale in between each note.

The exercise puts a lot of jumps into your left and right hands, which makes for some awkward finger movements. If you’re having trouble, try barring with your left hand and keeping your right index finger plucking the pedal tone to simplify the motions. Once you’ve got that down, we’ve got a few variations to try out.

Today’s tip: Relax your face!