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Old 2005-06-13, 18:49
DRI DRI is offline
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My basic theory, continued

That having been said the most important scales/patterns to learn are
Natural Minor: You use as your standard scale in most songs, it's basically an extended petatonic scale, if you know that. If you don't know the petatonic scale, just learn the natural minor. They serve the same purpose but the minor scale is more expressive.
0---2---3----A or 0-2-3-5-7-8-10-12
Harmonic Minor: Used in neo-classical, and of course, regular classical music alot. It's essentially the natural minor with 1 changed note that leads into the tonic again really well. In practical use you rarely use this scale for a whole song, you just occasionally change out the one different note occasionally with it's natural minor counterpart when you want that anticipatory, "leading" effect.
1---2------D the leading tone is the 1 in this line
0---2---3--A or 0-2-3-5-7-8-11-12
Phrygian: Commonly used in flamenco and metal. It's, again, natural minor, with one changed note.
Locrian: Really cool for heavy "chug-chug" palm-mutted riffing, but hard to solo with. It sounds really weird. Slayer used it a fair amount. Listen to the Angel of Death solo, it's got some nice locrian runs. Metallica’s “Shortest Straw” is in this, so is a lot of death metal like dying fetus. It's the same as the Phrygian with one changed note:
0---1---3---A or 0-1-3-5-6-8-10-12

And again, any of these scales can be moved anywhere on the fret board so just play around with them. Start out with natural minor and work your way down.

I hope this helps someone. If it's confusing at all, sorry, just ask any questions.
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