#1
I've been in a metal/hardcore band before and we played plenty of shows. We weren't bad at all and we had decent music for what we wrote and people liked us. I'm now starting a new band and everyone is expecting me to do the main part of the writing. I can write decent material but I want to learn some basic theory. I really don't know much about theory at all so any help would be great and I'm a fast a learner.

Oh yeah, we play in drop C if that helps at all.
#2
Hey man check this link out.

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/home/contributions/search.php?JoshUrban&filter=columns

Read the Crusade articles they are good for theory. Also Complete Idiots Guide to Music Theory is a good book and you can get it relatively cheap off Amazon.com.
#3
Learn how to read music, then learn scales. Minor will probably be what you want to use. You can't really do anything else before that
#4
You don't need theory to write good songs, but it's a good thing to know just to know - it'll also help you out when jamming if you don't have a good ear.

That aside, the Crusade articles mentioned above are a great place to start learning it if you want to.
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#5
Quick replys. Thanks, I'll be sure to read the Crusade Articles.

I have a quick question as dumb as it may sound. Since I do play in drop C does that mean I should stick to the key of C? And would that be major or minor?
#6
no reason to keep to the key of C.. you probably wouldnt be using major stuff in metal or whatever.. but if ur playing in C minor in drop C its pretty nice... you dont even have to play in key at all honestly
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no reason to keep to the key of C.. you probably wouldnt be using major stuff in metal or whatever.. but if ur playing in C minor in drop C its pretty nice... you dont even have to play in key at all honestly


Har, this is metal, not noise music. Don't be ridiculous

PROTIP: Play in a key.
#9
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You're playing in a Key weather or not you're aware of it


I disagree with this. Most of the world's music, for most of history and still today, is not key based.
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I disagree with this. Most of the world's music, for most of history and still today, is not key based.
You're not talking about modern western music though, are you?
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You're not talking about modern western music though, are you?


No, but the assertion that "you're playing in a key whether you know it or not" is still inaccurate, since tonal harmony is a fairly recent invention largely exclusive to Western music.
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since tonal harmony is a fairly recent invention largely exclusive to Western music.


that's a bit rich