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#1 gn0me

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Posted 01 March 2003 - 10:24 PM

Well im sure they use ONE scale for their evil sound. I can't figure it out. Ill post some tabs of the riffs that sound the same and all have similar notes ect. If you're a theory nerd can you give me the details please. I know how to get an evil sound, but I don't know the theory behind it.

||---------------------------------------------------------||
||---------------------------------------------------------||
||---------------------------------------------------------||
||----------8-9-8------8-7-------7-6-----------------------||
||-------7----------9---------8----------------------------||
||0-0-0----------------------------------------------------||

e---------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------
g-------------------------------------9~------------------------
D-----9-10------9-10-----9-10----9-10---------------------------
A---7---------8--------7-------8--------------------------------
E-x---------x--------x------------------------------------------

Guitar 1 x8
e:----------------------------|
B:----------------------------|
G:----------------------10-9--|
D:5--4--3--2--/9--8-----------|
A:5--4--3--2---------7--------|
E:3--2--1--0------------------|
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Oh also... can you tell me how the two guitars play together and get that dissonant sound to make it even sound eviler. Like what is the amount of steps between the notes they play.

#2 raven27strummer

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Posted 01 March 2003 - 10:31 PM

they don't use scales really. chromatic scales basically which is all the notes. they write their songs by playing what sounds good. when its time to solo kerry king might use scales but other than that they don't really use scales.

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Posted 01 March 2003 - 10:47 PM

Oh also... can you tell me how the two guitars play together and get that dissonant sound to make it even sound eviler.  Like what is the amount of steps between the notes they play.


parallel fourths. this is accomplished by taking your riff, and playing it the same way, only one string up or down. ie: if you play the 7th fret on the A string, you can harmonize this with either the 7th fret on the D string, or the 7th fret on the E string. note that this doesn't work exactly with the G and B strings. because of the relationship between the two, if the original note is on the 7th fret of the G string, you would harmonize this with the 8th fret of the B string.

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 04:07 AM

On 2003-03-02 00:31, raven27strummer wrote:
when its time to solo kerry king might use scales but other than that they don't really use scales.


lol. have u heard the guy's solos? theyre awful and pretty much ammount to the "hit some high notes and use whammy bar" style. still his rhythm playing is amazing but his solos are pretty bad when you hold them up against other black metal bands.

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 05:26 AM

ignoring the fact of whether they know what they are playing...

i think their stuff is mostly in phygrian and aolion modes, and usually in the key of E, as they use open E a lot. tbh i havnt really heard that much Slayer, this is kinda a generalisation for a lot of metal.

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 08:51 AM

Slayer rule! They are absolutely amazing!
The solos although rather repetitive are generally formed by running up and down the major scales. If you want to solo like Slayer, look at the Locrian mode, they use this a lot and it is perfect for thrash/death metal.

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 01:00 PM

On 2003-03-02 10:51, khammett wrote:
Slayer rule! They are absolutely amazing!
The solos although rather repetitive are generally formed by running up and down the major scales. If you want to solo like Slayer, look at the Locrian mode, they use this a lot and it is perfect for thrash/death metal.


Yeah slayer kicks ass and like Khammett said its basically Major scales,locrian mode and of course some Chromatic ###### thrown in now and again .

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Posted 02 March 2003 - 02:02 PM

From what I see its chromatic mostly. I think one reason this sounds evil is the use of the tri-tone which is consdiered the devil interval (we had a lenghty discussion about this not too long ago) He uses this in the beginning of that solo when he goes:

D--------8--9--8--
A-----7-----------
E--0--------------

the 7 on the A string to the 8 on the D string is the tritone. The locrain mode is loaded with these.

Also, if you want to hear evil listen to Joe Satriani's "The Enigmatic". That song just freaks me out.



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