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123smokey 2005-12-28 22:00

scales to learn etc
ive been playing for about a year now and can come up with some pretty good stuff for my exp.

but what i want to know is , i cant read sheet music for guitar but what scales and excersices should i be learning for the intermidiate death metal player
im guessing alot of solos are built on scales and i can improve on them if i know the average scales played

any help much appreciated

JacksonGuitars07 2005-12-28 22:21

Firstly, I'm going to save you from a flaming. Please use the search feature first, and browse the forum before posting a question on a topic already covered. Learn some diminished and harmonic minor scale patterns, as well as your minor sweep arpeggios and I think you should be all set.

123smokey 2005-12-29 00:11

thanks , i did read post and use the search. i can never find a straight forward answer , just needed some more info

davie_gravy 2005-12-29 02:03

Originally Posted by 123smokey
thanks , i did read post and use the search. i can never find a straight forward answer , just needed some more info

Jackson pretty much said it for death metal. Minor scales - natural, harmonic, etc - The Diminished Bastard - Whole/Half, Half/Whole. Learn the major scale too, it will help build tension or help resolve it. Don't limit yourself!

YJM04 2005-12-29 12:42

natural, harmonic, melodic minor, major. diminished. also, learn how to play each double octave, it helps alot. remeber that each scale has its own unique set of modes. make sure u use these. remeber the patterns for the scales. once u learn the double octave, then start to try and sweep.

Unanything 2005-12-30 10:27


Make up your own!
Of course, they won't be entirely made up because each has a name in theory but...

It's most fascinating when you get your scale's modes as well. You can get some wild tonalities.


Here's one that I've been playing around in. One of it's modes is very pentatonicky. It's brilliant.

What's the melodic minor's formula again?

davie_gravy 2005-12-30 16:39

Originally Posted by Unanything
What's the melodic minor's formula again?


JacksonGuitars07 2005-12-30 22:58

Some of the tritone stuff works as well, but don't ask me I'm not a theory expert. Hence half the threads in this music theory forum are mine :P. Hope I helped some. I don't know about melodic minor for death metal, just doesn't seem to give the same feel, but maybe I just use it wrong. Also, don't forget your chord inversions and such.

[EDIT] Also, I forgot to mention, use diminished arpeggios to add a nice lead elemen to your uber brutality.

123smokey 2006-01-01 18:20

can you kinda explain what whole/half half/ whole
its whole step half step half step etc...?
i tried to find tab to this deminished bastard but no go

is it like


yea im confused with this

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