Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Auburn, New York
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On the subject of your question, Alexi is very influenced by classical music, and the theory, in general, is an awful lot to digest. I have been studying Children of Bodom, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, etc. and have still not mastered all the theory you need to know to write neoclassical sounding licks and melodies.
Here's a few pointers:
-Use your basic major/minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
-Use the church modes to your advantage, mastery of each of these will help you further on
-Use a pedal tone or phrase in your leads
-Wider intervals sound classical
-Play through a progression using arpeggios, using the major or minor arpeggio followed by a diminished arpeggio sounds classical.
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