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Old 2005-03-23, 23:37
MetalGuitarFro MetalGuitarFro is offline
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I completely agree with guitar demon. It really makes writing music a LOT easier. I can use theory to help me achieve the feel for a song I'm writing quickly.

Example, if I want something happy and uplifting, I will probably use the Ionian (Major) mode or the Lydian mode. If I want it to sound dark, I'll probably use some sort of diminished or Aeolian (Minor mode). You can also use various scales that you have learned (most people stick to major, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, and diminished) to really spice things up.

The bottom line, though, is NO, you don't need theory to write good music, it just helps a LOT to know what you're doing. I also like using theory when looking at other bands tabs and seeing how THEY wrote that riff or how THEY wrote a solo. This way, I can make a mental note of why the song they wrote sounds so damn good and apply it to my own writing/learning

Just my 2 cents though.
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