#1
Does anyone know any cool BM scales or any other cool spooky sounding ones that I could practise? I don't know very many and it would be a big help. Also, maybe post a tab? There are so many different ones, so I'll probably find the wrong one.

Cheers!
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#2
Locrian: B C D E F G A B
Harmonic: A B C D E F G# A
Melodic: A B C D E F# G# A G F E D C B A
#3
*Headscratch* I am not good at fretboard notes yet.. I must do that.
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#4
Lots of chromatic as well.
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#6
You mean like 1234 chromatics? I can do those pretty tight, but the don't sound to creepy.
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#7
Ah, thanks, Super!
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#8
Okay, I do not know how to use that site.. I get dots all over the fretboard.
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#9
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You mean like 1234 chromatics? I can do those pretty tight, but the don't sound to creepy.


Try using tritones, pretty much every steroetypical Black Metal riff is based around the idea of a tritone with chromatic notes chucked in.

Tremolo pick these notes
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|--------------|
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|-----7-6-8--|
|--5----------|
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#10
Sounds wicked! I don't listen to black, but it's brutal so I need to know it
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#11
Minor scales

It's not the scales, it's how you use them. Chromatic stuff and tritones work well. I suggest analyzing some black metal, listen to what they play and figure out why it sounds like it does and you can apply it to your playing.
E:-6
B:-0
G:-5
D:-6
A:-0
E:-3
#12
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Sounds wicked! I don't listen to black, but it's brutal so I need to know it





I'd suggest the harmonic and melodic minor scales. An important thing to remember is that it's not what notes you use, it's how you use them.
#13
Diminished scale and arpeggio.

Diminished scale : Root, minor 2nd, minor 3rd, major 3rd, flat 5, perfect fifth, Major 6th, minor 7th , octave. If im not mistaken.

Diminished arpeggio : Root, minor 3rd, flat 5.

Those 2 together with what has already been said.
#14
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I'd suggest the harmonic and melodic minor scales. An important thing to remember is that it's not what notes you use, it's how you use them.



This.

Also, most of the music I've written so far, being black metal, has been in simple straight-up minor keys. It depends on how you use it, and what you want with it.
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#15
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Minor scales

It's not the scales, it's how you use them. Chromatic stuff and tritones work well. I suggest analyzing some black metal, listen to what they play and figure out why it sounds like it does and you can apply it to your playing.


This. Nothing but this. There's a few lessons out on youtube with Abbath from Immortal and some with Ihsahn and Samoth from Emperor so go watch those.

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#16
Use lots of tension, lots of dissonance, and use primarily dyads with minor thirds rather than root-5th power chords. Scales really don't have much play in black metal so much as context - there are times when BM is borderline atonal, provided it sounds kvlt as possible.
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#17
Scales won't do you any good. You want phrasing advice.

A lot of black metal uses the natural minor scale extensively, but more importantly, it focuses on certain intervals. You'll see a lot of minor thirds and diminished fifth relations between notes, since those are very tense intervals. You'll also see copious amounts of tremolo picking. Chord progressions will tend to be chromatic in nature, focusing on diminished, augmented, and minor chords, all of which contain a great deal of tension.

Definitely do like Zaphod said: look at black metal songs you like and see how those parts are written and what kind of sound the artists get using the notes they choose.