#1
Let's say two bars of music were in A. How would you make this into a little solo or riff?
#2
Well, base it off of A; that gives you A in every octave, fourths and fifths off of that, and then the rest depend on the key of the music. Generally, other than quick runs, you'll want to avoid anything too close to A; G, G#, A#, and B should, in most cases, not be held out.
#4
Um.... fiddle around in a scale in the key of A?
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#6
Oh and also, if your song is in the key of A, then you can use that scale over the entire song, even if there are other chords playing.

Edit: Is the song in the key of A?
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#7
Quote by AlanHB
Oh and also, if your song is in the key of A, then you can use that scale over the entire song, even if there are other chords playing.

Edit: Is the song in the key of A?


nope. just an example. And guitar hero helps keep the pinky good. But only on expert.
#8
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nope. just an example. And guitar hero helps keep the pinky good. But only on expert.


What does Guitar Hero have to do with anything?
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#11
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If you are saying that there is only one note being played in the background, you should also try other scales that contain A in them.


If you say something is "in A" then you mean that backing implies the key of A.

If there was a single drone note in the background, that would be heading into modal music.
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#12
Quote by rockingamer2
If you say something is "in A" then you mean that backing implies the key of A.

If there was a single drone note in the background, that would be heading into modal music.

It doesn't have to though. Depends what you play on top of it on that point.
#13
Quote by AlanHB
Oh and also, if your song is in the key of A, then you can use that scale over the entire song, even if there are other chords playing.
Only if the other chords are diatonic though. If not, you should consider altering the scale.

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If there was a single drone note in the background, that would be heading into modal music.
Not necessarily. You could have a drone through a whole song and have it still be tonal. Drones are just a technique to further solidify modality, they aren't the determining factor. Well, they can be I guess, but usually adding a drone to a tonal piece doesn't make it modal.
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Last edited by food1010 at Jul 3, 2010,
#14
Quote by xpurpleblob
Let's say two bars of music were in A. How would you make this into a little solo or riff?


If you have to ask, you're not ready to compose yet.

Learn some music 1st. Then come back to writing when you have experience.

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#15
Quote by food1010
Only if the other chords are diatonic though. If not, you should consider altering the scale.


Yeah sure. You could even go so far to say that you don't necessarily play an A scale because there is an A chord, it depends on the key.

I can see why such a simple question can affect a person's knowledge of theory so adversely if it's not understood in context.
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#16
The OP realy needs to clarify.
Does he mean a single drone note of A?
Chords of A?
bars in a key of A?

Just a note means it's pretty much open, so you can do whatever how you feel it should develop. Should it sound major or minor or something else? Should the drone be comforting and stable? Questioning? Give a major or minor feeling? Depending on how you want the piece to develop, you can choose a scale or key where the A note has the role you want it to have. Otherwise, just about everything that has an A works.

Same goes for chords, but then it becomes slightly less open because you have to figure in the chordnotes. But it still remains that there are a lot of scales you can choose from, depending on how you want it to function.

If you dont know how to write riffs or solos if you already established a scale..well..

And anyone with some knowledge of theory or experience writing songs could tell you that just one note or chord is meaningless by itself. The meaning and function doesnt come from the note or chord but rather the relationship between the notes and chords that gives meaning to it.

It's like having a mathematical that goes ' 10 x ?? = ??'. It's meaninglass, because without a second number, there is no result.
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#18
Fiddle around in the B major scale.
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