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Good metal scale

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Wendenator  
2 Jul 2009 11:08 | Quote
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MY friends and I started a band and we are playing metal. I was wondering what are some of the best scales for metal?
Thanks
Guitarslinger124  
2 Jul 2009 11:45 | Quote
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Any scale is good for metal. It all depends on what context you use the scales in. I know that isn't what you wanted to hear so here you go: Aeolian, Locrian, Dorian, Harmonic Minor, Hungarian Minor, Dominant 7th or Double Harmonic.
league  
2 Jul 2009 16:30 | Quote
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Don't forget good ole pentatonics and Blues Scale.

True what Guitarslinger said. It all depends on the context.
Botch_Up_And_Die  
2 Jul 2009 16:35 | Quote
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D harmonic minors pretty cool for metal...i also like e ionian..
Or you could learn what scales songs by your fav bands are in?
BodomBeachTerror  
2 Jul 2009 16:43 | Quote
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Guitarslinger pretty much covered it i think
Littlewing  
4 Jul 2009 20:29 | Quote
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Harmonic Minor and Diminished
Empirism  
4 Jul 2009 21:06 | Quote
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Definately dorian. you can also try hungarian.

Cheers.
Empirism
TimXIII_VII_String_King  
6 Sep 2009 14:00 | Quote
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Lydian as it allows for a really smooth and intresting interplay between a major an minor sound especially if you use instead of power chords 1st and 5th you play 3rds instead 1st and maj3rd or 1st and minor 3rd
guitarmastergod  
6 Sep 2009 14:15 | Quote
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half whole.... for br00tal diminished sounds n stuff
Afro_Raven  
6 Sep 2009 14:59 | Quote
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The hypochondriac scale is by far the best for metal soloing, but failing that some tasteful application of the Lydian Obsidian works pretty well too.

Hope that helps!

Afro
BodomBeachTerror  
6 Sep 2009 15:04 | Quote
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ive never even heard of that scale!
JazzMaverick  
6 Sep 2009 16:39 | Quote
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hahahahahah
AlexB  
6 Sep 2009 18:02 | Quote
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@Afro: HAHA!!

Oh and for Metal,if it sounds Good,ITS GOOD (Think that applies to every genre..) so yeah,if youve got some heavy dissonant chords,just use whatever hears good,aplying some of the scales mentiones before
carlsnow  
7 Sep 2009 07:53 | Quote
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@Afro

HAR!


..actually I've always been partial to :

Hyperbolic Major
Onanistic Major
and
Ginandtonic Minor


but my fav , by far, has to be
Hexadecimal-Stenographic add13




RAWK!
Cs

Afro_Raven  
7 Sep 2009 09:37 | Quote
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carlsnow, everyone knows that the Hyperbolic Major only exists in theory; seeing as it's based on a retrograde Lydian overtone series from the parallel Neopolitan Sixth it's hardly a practical scale is it, especially in a heavy metal context.

I'll be honest, my experience with Onanistic Major is very limited, is that the one with an augmented 15th? Or am I just being completely stupid and thinking of something totally different?

Ginandtonic Minor I'm not even going into, because it can only exist in the context of an AlcoVom key signature (which again is entirely theoretical, and there are no grounds to prove its existence considering it has NO diatonic qualities whatsoever.)

I'll hand it to you for the Hexadecimal fusion scale though - good shout my friend! However, not so sure about the add13 extension - wouldn't it clash badly with the double augmented 12th?

Afro

guitarmastergod  
8 Sep 2009 15:17 | Quote
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LOL it sounds like you guys are making things up rofl. when i saw that stuff i had a huge smile on my face the whole time
elizabethpwalker  
19 Apr 2011 13:07 | Quote
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carlsnow says:
Hyperbolic Major
Onanistic Major
and
Ginandtonic Minor

but my fav , by far, has to be
Hexadecimal-Stenographic add13


what the heck is that?!
case211  
19 Apr 2011 14:24 | Quote
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a joke
Domigan_Lefty  
19 Apr 2011 14:33 | Quote
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I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't know theory that looks through here...

Edit: This is from 2009? Zombie thread!!!!!
gshredder2112  
19 Apr 2011 14:52 | Quote
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haha i the gin-an-tonic minor.
HunterHAH  
19 Apr 2011 16:07 | Quote
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You can use a minor scale...

...or...

a spanish gypsy scale:
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php?qqq=FULL&scch=C&scchnam=Spanish+Gypsy&get2=Get&t=0&choice=1
luthier  
19 Apr 2011 17:00 | Quote
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I love the spanish gypsy scales.
HunterHAH  
20 Apr 2011 15:31 | Quote
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You can use a minor scale...

...or...

a spanish gypsy scale:
http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/guitar_scales.php?qqq=FULL&scch=C&scchnam=Spanish+Gypsy&get2=Get&t=0&choice=1
HunterHAH  
20 Apr 2011 17:59 | Quote
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Hmm... Double post. Thats wierd.

My computer gliched
BodomBeachTerror  
20 Apr 2011 18:01 | Quote
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or pentatonics!

call me old fashioned if you must.
tinyskateboard  
27 Apr 2011 12:29 | Quote
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I thought metal guitarists and shredders just played every note on the neck randomly. ;~}
gshredder2112  
27 Apr 2011 12:32 | Quote
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^^^ HEY! sometimes we know what were playing...sometimes/:
tinyskateboard  
27 Apr 2011 15:11 | Quote
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lol, Shred.
gshredder2112  
27 Apr 2011 15:26 | Quote
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xp
macandkanga  
27 Apr 2011 17:01 | Quote
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I like the lizard scale, fish scale, bathroom scale.....OH! and the truck scale is a "heavy metal" scale.
gshredder2112  
27 Apr 2011 17:08 | Quote
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^^^Literally.


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