Chapter 12: How Low Can You Go? Pedal Tones

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark. ~Michelangelo (1475-1564)

Chapter 12: How Low Can You Go? Pedal Tones

This Chapter Covers:

  • What are pedal tones?
  • Benefits of pedal tones,
  • pedal tone exercises,
  • double pedal tones.

Terms to Know:

  • pedal tone: A pitch below the normal range of a brass instrument. Named after the foot pedals (very low notes) on the pipe organ (click to see/hear Flight of the Bumblebee on the pedals of the organ by Dr. Carol Williams. wow!).
  • leger lines (also ledger): Small lines used below or above the staff for notes beyond the range of the staff.

Extra Resources for This Chapter:

  • Sound Clips for Chapter 12
  • Examples from the Chapter (click for larger image):
  • …..Low F#

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  • …..12.1: Pedal Tone Exercise 1

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  • …..12.2: Pedal Tone Exercise #2

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The Usual Resources:

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