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tancanada
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#1
I put this in the Riffs and shit forum but got told to move it.
Alright, so for my band i've been trying to write a bunch of stuff and I've hit sort of a mental block. We wanna sound like Broadway, Burden of a Day, kinda sorta progressive nu metalcore. What're some chords and stuff I can use that fit this kind of music other than power chords? Also are there any cool modes/scales that I should employ to get a more unique sound?
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Magero
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#2
Honestly, learn a few songs by bands you wanna sound like, and then try and write stuff. You'll have an expanded appreciation of the techniques involved, and the songs will be fresh in your head so you'll be less likely to just steal their riffs by mistake.

/Magero advice
thesceneislame
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#3
vuvuzela-core.
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#5
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vuvuzela-core.


WIN!!!

But seriously as someone stated before learning songs by the band (even ones you are very crazy about will help you get the techniques and scales necessary to learn.

Its kinda like when they say, you are what you eat...in this case you are what you play.
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#7
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Okeefe Is Legit
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#8
As everyone has said, try to listen and learn from the bands you want to sound like. It also really helps to not restrict yourself to one style of playing so you can get a greater perspective of your instrument which you can in turn apply to your writing to make it more interesting. Don't be afraid to learn new more advanced techniques to expand writing possibilities.

I'm having a bunch of fun with diminished and melodic minor scales right now especially with a new sweeping pattern I discovered.
nashawa
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#9
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It also really helps to not restrict yourself to one style of playing

I'd probably recommend the opposite. Play a bunch of styles. Take parts you like from each.
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nashawa
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#11
Oh, so he did.

Well, my eyes have failed me once again.

Or maybe it's the Crown Royal.
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nashawa
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#13
But you're never around.

You're like the lovable bit character who shows up and makes everyone laugh, but then soon enough fucks off to wherever you came from (the metal forum?) again.
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#14
Lately it's been the land of internetlessness and Doctor Who marathons.

Good place to vacation, really.
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nashawa
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#15
I dunno mang. The internet is the greatest country in the world.
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slorggetti
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#16
Switch between A Minor and C Harmonic Minor a lot.
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#17
I'll write the lyrics!

I'm tan canada
the man canada
I go to the beach and play with sand canada
buy a car with my five million grand canada
don't **** with me cuz i'm banned canada
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it reminds me of cheese
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they'll be super delicious
so juicy and nutritious
unless you're superstitious
and they put cat in the burger


i dunno am i hired yet or what
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#18
Holy shit that was brilliant.
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asator
whatever
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#19
Well if you want to sound like Burden of a Day just write generic open riffs then go to the 8th or 3rd fret for the chorus and use clean vocals

/joke

Yeah I'd agree with just learning songs by bands you want to sound like. By the way how did you get along with learning the stuff the guy in your band gave you? You know, the YouTube video you linked in a thread about it.

One of the riffs from it is stuck in my head, I keep "writing" then realising fucking Peter Pan beat me to it
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Magero
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#20
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Holy shit that was brilliant.

I was really trying to think of a follow up joke, maybe about hearing those lyrics over something else, but I couldn't think of anything that did it justice.

Really. Amazing post.
saxaxe
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#21
Ok so this is going to sound really counterproductive, but like someone else said, learn a bunch of songs by the bands you want to sound similar to, then write a bunch of songs that are just blatant rip offs of those bands. They'll sound good as shit, because they're blatant rip offs, but throw them away and write something else that's a little less of a rip off. Keep going until you've done something original that sounds good.
asator
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#22
Quote by saxaxe
Ok so this is going to sound really counterproductive, but like someone else said, learn a bunch of songs by the bands you want to sound similar to, then write a bunch of songs that are just blatant rip offs of those bands. They'll sound good as shit, because they're blatant rip offs, but throw them away and write something else that's a little less of a rip off. Keep going until you've done something original that sounds good.



That sounds so bizarre, but that's probably how most people develop, just without realising it.
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saxaxe
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#23
Yeah, it worked for me haha. Every time I've transitioned into writing a new type of music, this is how I did it. That said, I'm not the best at writing music, so take my advice with a grain of salt, I suppose.
tancanada
crapcore
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#24
Quote by saxaxe
Ok so this is going to sound really counterproductive, but like someone else said, learn a bunch of songs by the bands you want to sound similar to, then write a bunch of songs that are just blatant rip offs of those bands. They'll sound good as shit, because they're blatant rip offs, but throw them away and write something else that's a little less of a rip off. Keep going until you've done something original that sounds good.


Alright, I'll give it a shot I've been trying to learn a bunch of I See Stars and Broadway stuff as of late, so we'll see how it goes
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nashawa
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#26
That would sort of sound like some of The Armed.
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#27
no band that tries to sound like another band will ever truely be good
thesceneislame
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#29
tancanada who were you playing with in jax?
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Magero
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#30
Quote by saxaxe
Ok so this is going to sound really counterproductive, but like someone else said, learn a bunch of songs by the bands you want to sound similar to, then write a bunch of songs that are just blatant rip offs of those bands. They'll sound good as shit, because they're blatant rip offs, but throw them away and write something else that's a little less of a rip off. Keep going until you've done something original that sounds good.

This is pretty much how I got to where I am.
I'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing, but still.
JxD
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#32
I like to sit in front of my amp and just keep plucking away at different chords for hours until I finally come up with a riff that I like. Then I base an entire song around said riff. I think that learning something by another band first is a bad idea because it inevitably leads to inadvertent plagiarism (albeit, usually to a minor degree, which I think almost all of us are guilty of). Using another band as inspiration is always nice though.
thesceneislame
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#33
probably not, i havent been paying attention to shows lately. im going to the wonder years and boys no good on the 23rd and for the fallen dreams on the 29th. .
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tancanada
crapcore
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#34
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tancanada who were you playing with in jax?


We were supposed to play Scream the Prayer III with MATSOD, APFP and For Today and etc. but shit ended up falling through. I just went up and sold presales outside the front door
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#35
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probably not, i havent been paying attention to shows lately. im going to the wonder years and boys no good on the 23rd and for the fallen dreams on the 29th. .


Duuude I'm gonna be at the wonder years my best friend plays guitar in the sandlot (they're one of the openers).
Cianyx
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#36
Mash your face on a piano. Spread out the notes and you now have your progressive melody
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#37
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Mash your face on a piano. Spread out the notes and you now have your progressive melody


Then play that backwards with distorted vuvuzela samples over the top and you have a new hipster noise band.
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#38
I would also like to point out that the thread number in the URL is 1337 404.I must be bored as ****
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