#1
I have recently been trying more darker heavier sounding riffs in drop D, to try and make the darker ive been using stuff like inverted power chords and pinched harmonics, but are there any other ways so sound heavier without drop tuning lower? Also i used alot of palm muting between normaly played power chords
#2
Depends, heavier in what way?

You could go slow and sludgy in the doom metal vein, chaotic single note heavy like in death metal or kvlt and frostbitten like in black metal; which one do you want?
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#3
Well, do you want heavier or darker? Big difference. If you're looking for darker, make your riffs sound more dissonant; get unconventional, atonal
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It always helps me to write 'darker' by adding more minor notes. This annoys the crap out of my fionce. She's a country girl and always wants bright sounds. She says my songs mostly have a dark sound.
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If you're looking for darker, make your riffs sound more dissonant; get unconventional, atonal


this, and heavy will come with slower tempos, really drag out the notes you play
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#6
A simple trick is to switch your natural minor riffs to harmonic minor. That's just a fancy way of saying "sharpen the 7th note".

For example, a natural E-minor scale is:

E - F# - G - A - B - C - D - E

The harmonic minor scale is:

E - F# - G - A - B - C - D# - E

Try it; it gives it a "spooky" sound.
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#8
Try not to use straight 8ths and 16ths as much, add some gallops and odd rhythms in there. And like Asprague said, Harmonic Minor's great. Diminished chords sound really dirgy too IMO.
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Try not to use straight 8ths and 16ths as much, add some gallops and odd rhythms in there. And like Asprague said, Harmonic Minor's great. Diminished chords sound really dirgy too IMO.

agreed. It's pretty much all about diminished chords. Bend notes in your riffs too, I find that can make some pretty ugly sounds if you stick to the low end.

Also, work on your reach and try to form chords with shapes as far as your fingers can stretch. Skronk.
#11
I think you need to drop your tuning a bit more.
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#12
You might want to try tuning down abit, like to B or A, maybye even F or G.
Try some Black-Metal style trem picking, and some sludgey palm muting.
Effect's wise maybye add some reverb to create atmosphere.
Reverb could come from an effects processor or something.
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#13
Use the VII chord in progressions, use diminished scales (half-whole preferably as it is more "dark" and less jazzy) and employ chromaticism.
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Use drone notes.
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#16
drop c... sounds darker but not bad. IMO i think it its the perfect median because drop b just sounds too muddy.
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drop c... sounds darker but not bad. IMO i think it its the perfect median because drop b just sounds too muddy.


My guitar sounds fine in drop G
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#18
One thing you could also do is changing your EQ. I often find myself lowering the bass frequencies when I'm playing my Squier Strat which I've put in D Standard because it sounds too heavy for when I'm playing solo's or playing clean stuff.
#19
im not good with theory and such but these kinda chords have been working well for me:


for e.g


D-5-----
A-3------
D-5-----

or

D--8----
A--5----
D--5----