Pro-Tip: Angel Vivaldi on Pedal Tones

Are you looking for some new ideas to work into the phrasing of your melodic parts? We have a lesson for you today from Princeton, New Jersey’s PhD in instrumental shreditology, Angel Vivaldi.


This Pro-Tip focuses on pedal tones. I’ll admit to being previously ignorant of the term, although certainly not the idea of passages that constantly return to a particular note. Take a gander below, and be sure to give a listen to Angel Vivaldi’s new record Away With Words, which is out now on Amazon, iTunes, Big Cartel, or his own webshoppe.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • Everything sounds so impressive with a shitload of reverb and delay

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