#1
Could someone help me explain how this riff sounds good. It doesn't look like it's based on scales.

Q E. S E E S S S S Q E. S E E E E
E||---------------------------|-------------------------|
B||---------------------------|-------------------------|
G||-------------2-------------|----------------6--------|
D||-------4--------4----------|-------7-----------------|
A||-------------------4-3-2-L-|--0--------0-4-----5--6--|
E||--2--------2---------------|-------------------------|

Q Q. S S S S S S. T Q E E E E S S E
--------------------------------|---------------------------|
--------------------------------|---------------------------|
--------------------------------|---------------------------|
-------------------7h-9p-7------|-------------9--7----------|
-------7------7h-9---------9--7-|--9----9--L--------9-7-9\--|
--0-----------------------------|---------------------------|

It is The groove by muse btw.
Last edited by omgah1one at Dec 13, 2008,
#2
what do you mean "how does it sound good" ...... because it doesnt sound bad!?
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#3
It uses c#, d, d# and e but still doesnt sound like a drunk hobo dropping a ukulele on his feet. Also, is it based on a scale?
#4
Quote by omgah1one
It uses c#, d, d# and e but still doesnt sound like a drunk hobo dropping a ukulele on his feet. Also, is it based on a scale?



Phrasing.
#6
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Would you care to elaborate?


Phrasing is basically the rhythm behind the notes. A mixed measure of 8ths, 16ths, and 1/4 notes will sound a lot better than just straight quarter notes (Of the same melody).
#7
Has this really got to do with phrasing then? Because it's not the rythm that is making me wonder, but the following of notes.
#8
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It uses c#, d, d# and e but still doesnt sound like a drunk hobo dropping a ukulele on his feet. Also, is it based on a scale?
It's called a chromatic run. It's especially effective if the chromatic note is something completely off, like a b5th.

EDIT: to elaborate, a chromatic run is where you start moving (in your melody) by semitone. So you might go E, F, G#, G or D, Db, C, B, Bb or something similar like that. This song uses a few.

Going out of key isn't just fine, sometimes it's the best way. I'm sure most composers have gone out of key numerous times, even classical and baroque composers go out of key.

Phrasing is still important, but it doesn't answer your questions on why something that uses chromatic notes could still sound good.
Last edited by demonofthenight at Dec 13, 2008,