Pedal tone riffs: kickstart your playing with these simple riffs

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Pedal tones? So this is about stomp boxes?

Pedal tones is actually a reference to the pedals found on organs - like those you see in churches. The organist would step on these pedals to produce a long, sustained ‘pedal’ tone - usually low in pitch - to provide a deep full sound to accompany the notes played on the ‘regular’ part of the organ by the player’s hands.

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