#1
What are some folks scales that i could learn?
I know pentatonic but am looking for more variations.
I listen to ensiferum and equilibrium and i cant believe that they follow only 1
scale for all their songs.
Side note am i thinking to much on the scales and not enough on the melody maybe?
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#2
why do people ask these questions?

If you wanna know what scales folk music play, maybe you should listen to them and analyse the sound, get some charts and work it out.

Its way more satisfying this way anyway
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4. Get killed onstage
5. become legendary guitarist instantaneously


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#3
Folk music?

- Minor and major pentatonic
- Minor and major scales

That covers it. That actually covers most music. And it's good you've observed that the bands only follow one scale throughout an entire song - most songs do. The different sounds between players are usually created by the note choice and approach to a scale, rather than employing different notes.

Play a harmonic minor scale and you won't necessarily sound like Malmsteen. Play a pentatonic and you mayn't sound like Slash.
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#4
how do i go about achieving a similar sound though?
I cant take a pentatonic scale and make is sound folky it just sounds like notes.
Is there any advice towards the melody behind music styles?
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#5
jesus, just listen to lots of folk music, what do they do that makes them different to pop/rock/metal/gospel

write down all the differences, like chord progressions, melody lines, types of chords, cadences, what kind of texture, vocal harmony, how each instrument is played

Surely if you WANT to sound like folk you would know it inside and out - theres no clear cut scale or melody that will make you sound folk, its a combo of all the things that make it that
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1. Get drunk
2. play pentatonic scales fast
3. throw in some divebombs and pinch harmonics
4. Get killed onstage
5. become legendary guitarist instantaneously


Quote by Holy Katana

How dare you attack the greatness of the augmented sixth?
#6
define what you mean by write down what melodies they use ad progressions.
I understand the whole progression point but who do you sum up a melody?
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#7
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define what you mean by write down what melodies they use ad progressions.
I understand the whole progression point but who do you sum up a melody?


If your question is HOW you sum up a melody: you just write it down in tabs.

If your question is WHY you sum up a melody: It's because genre's often use typical intervals to generate a feel. If you can figure out some "signature licks" used in folk it will help you getting that folk sound.

Or get a banjo, that should work
#8
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Side note am i thinking to much on the scales and not enough on the melody maybe?
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