Really Dark Sounding Scale for Black Metal / Death Metal

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons, Tutorials & Tips' started by ronnieanand, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. ronnieanand

    ronnieanand n00bier th@n th0u

    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..

    Sample Progression:

    / 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.

    Have Fun...And Feedbacks Please :)
  2. Judas Priest

    Judas Priest New Member

    Death metal is much more brutal than evil. It might be good for some atmospheric black metal.
  3. taxyse

    taxyse t3h.

    its called byzantine in the western sys i guess
  4. slipknot_555

    slipknot_555 RuHH..

    kick assssss ///m\\\
  5. Orange Guitar

    Orange Guitar IGT's ALLROUNDER

    it is DOUBLE HARMONIC MINOR scale!!! and thnx for the progressions....i was really trying to figure out some evil progressions for DHM!
  6. sam_sealion

    sam_sealion MeLoDiC ShReDDeR. . .

    yeah thats a byzantine scale!! i use it sumtimes too!! can also be called phrygian #3,#7...
  7. taxyse

    taxyse t3h.

    ^^oye...aint u the ISE guy?? this is taksh here... :p
  8. sam_sealion

    sam_sealion MeLoDiC ShReDDeR. . .

    hey taksh.. yeah im frm ISE!! lol ... i think we've already discussed this scale there rite??
    cheers!!! good to see u here!! i dont post here often though!!
  9. Morbid_Angel

    Morbid_Angel Sid the sloth

    what eez ISE?
  10. Iraqita_EP

    Iraqita_EP New Member

    International *** Expenditure..............:yawn:.......sad joke
  11. sam_sealion

    sam_sealion MeLoDiC ShReDDeR. . .

    ISE is a community in orkut... Indian Shredders Elite
  12. alpha1

    alpha1 I BLUES!

  13. Morbid_Angel

    Morbid_Angel Sid the sloth

    And what does it do?
  14. sam_sealion

    sam_sealion MeLoDiC ShReDDeR. . .

    yeah alhpa1 wat was tht pic all about??
  15. limpbelevr

    limpbelevr New Member

    hey guy can i have the tabs for the scale seriously cant figure out other wise...sorry!!
  16. jimihndrx

    jimihndrx Guitar Hero

    For a dark sounding tune.. Get ur guitar tune to C# tuning.That is C#,F#,B,E,G#,C#..Most of the death metal songs are based on dis tuning.

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