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Old 2005-11-29, 08:52
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What scale/key is this in?

I wrote a cool riff some time ago, but me and my band mates have some trouble writing it into a song because we just can't find what key or scale this is in. It might be atonal/chromatic, but i'm not too sure. Annyway, the riff is played in tremolo picking, but I'll just put in the notes:


e|----------------
B|----------------
G|----------------
D|----------------
A|-----5-4--------
E|-3-6-----2-3-2-3

then followed by

e|------------------
B|------------------
G|------------------
D|------------------
A|-----7-6---------
E|-5-8-----4-7-4-7-

My lead guitarist suggested it might be two scales merged, but he can't figure it out either. Any help is appreciated
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Old 2005-11-29, 11:31
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That can be pretty much anything.

G harmonic minor with a passing tone, and the next riff in a harmonic minor, with a passing tone.
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Old 2005-11-29, 13:09
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1 st one is: D harmonic minor... the 2 isnt in the scale, but u can still play the D harmonic minor over it, aslong as u make sure u play a note that sound good over the 2, if u play a lead over it that is..

2nd one is: A harmonic minor
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Old 2005-11-29, 14:02
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Or...
They could be Db Diminished and Ab Diminished...
As we know well, Diminished has such a ring in extreme music.
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Old 2005-11-29, 14:32
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Or...
They could be Db Diminished and Ab Diminished...
As we know well, Diminished has such a ring in extreme music.
but the diminished scale is also in the harmonic minor scale, and IF hes gonna use it as a backing for leads id use harmonic minor scale instead of diminished.

EDIT:

and they both dont fit in the diminished scale, only some parts, so i think ur better of using harmonic minor
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Old 2005-11-29, 14:41
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I know, I know. Just an idea.
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Old 2005-12-05, 19:52
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Well, it is the "Harmonic Minor" scale. . . which is just an extension of the natural minor scale in order to have rhythmic chords behind a lead(which would traditionally be written in natural minor). Because the Harmonic is for what it says. . . mostly rhythm stuff. . . so for the scale harmony of the natural minor scale you sharpen the 3rd degree of the V chord and you sharpen the root of the vii chord. . . . but this is in traditionally theory.
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