Pedal Point: Definition, Function & Examples


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The pedal point is named after an element of what instrument?

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1. Pedal points are most often found in what register?

2. Which of these is NOT one of the notes used most commonly for the pedal point?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Determine what you know about pedal point in music theory. Answer questions on study topics such as what pedal point gets its name from and the register in which most pedal points are found.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on these points of interest:

  • Musical notes used for the pedal point
  • The first note on the scale
  • Harmonies above the pedal point

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the pedal point in music theory
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the pedal point and how it's connected to the harmonies above it
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the first note on the scale in music theory

Additional Learning

Feel free to watch the lesson entitled Pedal Point: Definition, Function & Examples for more on the following:

  • Explanation of pedal point and how it works with a cathedral organ
  • Pedal point example with a C major chord
  • Tension and release that can be heightened with pedal point
  • Pedal point that is considered to be dominant