Really Dark Sounding Scale for Black Metal / Death Metal
There's this Raaga in Carnatic called Maaya Maalava Gowla (MMG) which is the first Raaga that any kid learning Carnatic will do. Of late I tried playing some stuffs and we tried some Black Metal kinda progression along with my Drummer and Keyboardist. The Raaga is really evil sounding. Check it out...
I will show you in the key of A
Scale: A, Bb, C#, D, E, F, G#, A (B is Flattened and C, G Sharpened)
Comapre this scale with a Major Scale..
A Major = A B C# D E F# G# A
A MMG = A Bb C# D E F G# A
So A MMG is a Major Scale with Flattened 2nd and Flattened 6th.
Notice the Major 7th ( G# ), Root ( A ) and Minor 2nd ( Bb ) all lying Chromatically. The feel of Minor 2nd along with Major 7th on both sides of the Root gives it the Evilest Feel of all. It also has a very wild and Gloomy Feel to it.
Another Good thing about this is the Root, Perfect 4th and Perfect 5th intervals are intact like a Major Scale. So which means even if you have a 12 Bar Blues Progression like a Blues in A, you can try this for a real exotic feel.
Or even mix it with a regular Minor Pentatonic that you;d use.
But I'd prefer to change the progression to highlight the best of this scale. The best of this scale is the Major 7th, Root and the Minor 2nd lined up a Chromatic. So I'd prefer to use these chords for sure. Check out these chords based on this Scale...
A C# E = A Major
Bb D F = Bb Major
C# E G# = C# Minor
D F A = D Minor
E G# Bb = EAdd#11
F A C# = F Aug
G# Bb D = D#mb5sus2
A Major = A C# E
Bb Major = Bb D F
C# Minor = C# E G#
D Minor = D F A
E Add#11 = E G# Bb
F Augmented = F A C#
G#sus2b5 = G# Bb D
G#sus2b5 might kinda sound dissonant but goes extremely well with the feel of the scale...
Whatever be the progression, make sure you include the chords G#, A and Bb. The three chords in chromatic gives the extremely dark feel for the scale..
/ A Bb A G# / A Bb A G# / D C# D C# / A Bb D C# /
Ofcourse it's not a friendly sounding progression. But look at title of the thread.
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