In DM many diffrent scales are used!
*Death metal is largely atonal ( although not an entirely correct description ), as I see it.*
this is not quite true.... behind every riff there is some kind of musical basis.... even if the artists are not aware of this..... you could basically write down any shit and you will be still able to relate it to music theory...
anyways.... often the Phrygian mode is used: 1/2 , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1/2 , 1
For example in C Major/A Minor, the Phrygian mode is on E. So the notes would be: E F G A B C D
If you play a solo in phrygian or base a riff on the phrygian mode, you always have to start on the root note E and in some cases end on the root note E.
Aeolian Mode is also often used in DM
1 , 1/2 , 1 , 1 , 1/2 , 1
in C Major /A Minor the root note of the Aeolian mode is A.
the notes : A B C D E F G
Locrian Mode, the mode I use the most when I compose a DM song.
1/2 , 1 , 1 , 1/2 , 1 , 1
The root note in C Major/A minor is B
notes: B C D E F G A
Also nice for Solos is the K Scale
1/2 , 2 , 1 , 1/2
So in C the notes would be: C C# F G G#
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