#1
Couldn't really think of an appropriate title, so that should at least be fitting enough.
So I kinda just wanna know what certain scales or whatever, are used to create 'epic' or 'triumphant' music. You know what I mean?
Like Power Metal, the guitars and keyboards, are just epic sounding, and they make you imagine something badass happening, such as a bunch of warriors running into a battlefield, or even that last level of Halo 2, where you feel so badass cause your doing cool stuff haha.
Anyone have any help? Thanks!
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#2
most of the time its just the major scale. For an epic sound you really want some heavy, distorted power chords that are played slowly ala Sonata Arctica.

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for example
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUszotxuwGo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vJAPiRhRT8&feature=related

or any other song by them

thats my idea of epic anyways
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#3
Yeah stuff like that, and things like Mirror Mirror by Blind Guardian http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AfNOKQdY-U
But yeah I'll try that out, thanks bro.
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#4
It is usually just the major scale.

However, the Mixolydian scale tends to sound very bold and adventurous. It's often used in fantasy / adventure settings in film or video games. To create the Mixolydian scale from the major scale, just flat the 7th degree of the major scale. Even cooler, create a situation in which the Major scale temporarily reverts into the Mixolydian scale, referred to as mode mixture.

For instance, try these vamps:


C5 C5 G5 G5 - play C major scale here.
C5 C5 G5 Bb5 - switch to C mixolydian here. The entrance of the Bb in the chords will confirm to the ear that the modality has changed.

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#5
Mostly just major scales. C harmonic minor is you want something kinda dramatic.
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