#1
So, I've decided to write an instrumental all on my own, without the aid of my normal co-song writer, and I've decided to apply some theory to it instead of just playing whatever I think of. I want to write something in the same style of Metallica's The Call of Ktulu, but currently, I'm completely ripping it off, and doing a bad job of it too. Sure, I could rip it off big time, such as Sum 41 did with The Bitter End (which is very similar to Metallica's Battery), but I want it to be different. Can someone help me out with this?

If you wanted to hear what I've got so far, I've uploaded it as an attachment.
Attachments:
ktulu inspired song.gp5
#2
Maybe try looking at how they use progressions and which chords they use to get the sound they wanted instead of trying to make a similar one.
#3
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Maybe try looking at how they use progressions and which chords they use to get the sound they wanted instead of trying to make a similar one.

also look at what notes they use to solo ontop of the chords.

do they use chord tones? or predominantly extensions?
Do they slide to the note? from where?
Do they slide down to the note? from where?
Do they hammer onto the note? from where?
do the pull off to the note? from where?
Do they bend up to the note? from where?
Do they bend down to the note? from where?

What kind of sound do they use? amp settings?
Do they predominantly use the top three strings?
Do they do odd things like use the third in the bass?

Do they use double stops, or chords in the solo?
How does the Bass relate to the chords?