#1
Hey I was wondering if someone could tell me something. I Listen to Christian Metal and I was actually listening to I Never Wanted by As I lay Dying. There is a part of the song that is actually called a chorus variation. It has a melodic sound and I was wondering why.

I basically want to know what makes something sound "pretty" or "melodic". There is 2 guitar players, one is playing a G while the other is playing a D#. Here is the Tabs...

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#2
I find it interesting that your question is

"What makes something sound melodic"

yet in your first paragraph you said

"There is a part of the song that is actually called a chorus variation. It has a melodic sound and I was wondering why."

so, i'm just curious as to why you think this has a melodic sound?

To answer your question ill tell you that i can't.

Whether or not i think something is melodic compared to you is all just down to are personal preferences and tastes (as most musical related topics are)

Generally if something is melodic, you would think of looking at the melody, and that is what it boils down to.

I haven't heard the song your talking about, but from what you have shown it looks like the guitars are playing continuous quaver or semi-quaver rhythms, which to some people could be considered a melody and therefore melodic. My own opinion is that it wouldn't be as i find nothing special about it. However, if above those continuous quavers is a vocal line doing it's own particular melody, then that might be enough to make the whole thing melodic.
Last edited by Axe Samurai at Dec 29, 2009,
#3
Quote by ChristMetalKing


I basically want to know what makes something sound "pretty" or "melodic". There is 2 guitar players, one is playing a G while the other is playing a D#. Here is the Tabs...



What they're doing is harmony. That can play a role in being melodic.

Being melodic I think means focusing on the melody aspect of the music.

You could emphisize the rhythm of a song, like in a dance song and that would be more rhythmic as opposed to melodic.
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#4
christian metal? odd

edit: i don't see anything harmonic about this song, its octaves and a 1 4 chord
Last edited by Themann810 at Dec 29, 2009,
#5
I think its pretty subjective. I listened to that song, and no part really sounded melodic. The tab you posted didn't seem melodic to me either. Just analyze a whole bunch of things that seem melodic to you, and then try to come up with what made them all sound melodic.
#6
Quote by Themann810
christian metal? odd
not really it's been around for at least 15 years.

Besides you have everything else metal, - why not christian? I saw a thread recently discussing "viking folk metal"!!- by comparison I think the concept of christian metal is quite mundane.
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Quote by 20Tigers
not really it's been around for at least 15 years.

Besides you have everything else metal, - why not christian? I saw a thread recently discussing "viking folk metal"!!- by comparison I think the concept of christian metal is quite mundane.


Yeah, its just ordinary metal, with different lyrics. Musically its not even different, so its not strange at all.
#9
Melodic is created by a choice of intervals that sound good to the ear according the the chords that are playing underneath. It can be a combination of inside/outside playing, call and response playing, phrasing, positioning (low or high registers), resolution and tension, calling upon or suggesting upper voicings, chord extensions etc.