#1
i was listening to the band "calexico" and i was wondering if anyone knows what type of scales/progressions make this sound. here are some examples of the their songs if you've never heard of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAcURHtwIdU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2JkGlQN5Vo&feature=related
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#3
i guess i asked the wrong question. what i meant to say is how do you achieve that "southwestern" sound?
after a thousand churches, a million empty bottles, two wars of conquest and a dozen highest mountains, i've finally found what i've always been looking for...
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#4
Listen better to the rhythms and dynamics. It's not all that makes it, but it'll get you closer to achieving that kind of sound.

Anyway, I just found a great band.
#5
Quote by isaac_bandits
Major and minor scales just like almost all western music.
Fixed.
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