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Old 01-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Cant find my own scale

My band and I wrote a song a while ago and we're about to record it, but everytime we play it live I just improvise in pentatonic scale and get decent results.

The song is tuned full step down (DGCFAD) and first note starts on E (tho other guitarist claims the key is D, Not sure regardless) and the songs chords are:
D E A A# C G

So I can write a solo, especially with the odd rhythm of breaking cords into single note apreggios in the background, can someone tell me what scale or even key this is? Thank you
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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Are those all major?
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Well no, close, tho, cuz theres a A#/Bb. Every time I think I have the scale I seem to be off by one note (uusally the C) and I also seem like I'm missing a note because of the semi-large gaps between the notes, but I could be wrong
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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So which ones are major and which ones are minor? (It's Bb BTW, not A#).
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #5
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Well, I always thought that depended on preference ;P
As to your question, theyre ALL power chords, so Im assuming major? (Self taught, there are definitely some gaps in my knowledge of theory)
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #6
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Put it this way, in the solo, the rhythm like I said is power chords broken into single notes, so the pattern is Bb F Bb F Bb F Bb F in 1/8th notes (As opposed to a normal power Bb Chord)
So every chord follows that relative pattern in the root progression of
Bb A D
Bb C A
Bb A G E
Bb A D
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #7
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I'm going to guess that the key is D minor, so the scale you're looking for is D minor. Be wary of clashes over the E.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:10 PM   #8
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The harmonic minor has all the notes except the C is gone and replaced with Db... ugh.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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Bro,
You are looking at it the wrong way if you are specifically looking for one scale that fits every note in your chord progression - most music doesn't work that way. Most music has some instance of chromatic harmony, which means you're going to have to think about the chords (god forbid) rather than a one-size fits all approach.

And honestly...just ****ing think D minor, and be cautious that over that E, the B natural might sound good if you hit a Bb in the melody.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:33 PM   #10
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Okay then thats what Im gonna use, thanks. (No need for attitude dou)
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:38 PM   #11
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The harmonic minor has all the notes except the C is gone and replaced with Db... ugh.


Good thing you don't need to think about that stuff. Why care about the harmonic minor if you can't even figure out the key to your own song.

D minor, just do it.
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