#1
I don't know that much theory but i absolutely love this certain clean part of a song, so i was wondering if anyone knew what scale/mode/whatever it was in?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuT2mQaTno0 (6:57 - 7:27)

I can play it and all that but i just want to know more about how he came to write something like that. It's so pretty for me personally

Tabs are below if it will help..

e:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
g:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
d:---------15----15---------15----15-----------------------------|
a:------12----------12---12----------12--------------------------|
d:---12-------12------12-------12--------------------------------|

e:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
g:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
d:--------12---12-------12----12---------------------------------|
a:------8---------8---8-----------8---------------------------------|
d:----8------8------8------8----------------------------------------|

e:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
g:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
d:---------12----12---------12------12---------------------------|
a:------10----------10----10------------10-----------------------|
d:----9--------9-------9--------9----------------------------------|

e:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
b:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
g:--------------------------------------------------------------------|
d:--------14-----14-----------14----14---------------------------|
a:------10----------10-----12-----------12-----------------------|
d:---10-------10-------11--------11------------------------------|
#2
It's all D minor apart from the Bs in the second bit of tab, that's a non-diatonic tone. Happens to be the natural 6th in this case.

I suggest you learn how to figure this stuff out on your own though.
#3
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
It's all D minor apart from the Bs in the second bit of tab, that's a non-diatonic tone. Happens to be the natural 6th in this case.

I suggest you learn how to figure this stuff out on your own though.


I just don't even.. You blow my mind zaphod. I really need to learn this stuff
#4
Is that a...mudkip in your avatar?

OT: I can't check out the vid now, but judging by that tab it looks like it's just based on the D harmonic minor scale (note the C# on the 11th fret on the 6th string). The third line of your tab with the 9-10-12: the 9 is a B natural which isn't in the D harmonic minor scale, it's just an accidental to create a chromatic bassline going up.
#5
Quote by vayne92
I just don't even.. You blow my mind zaphod. I really need to learn this stuff


This kind of thing is the most basic building block of theory, you should be able to get your head around this stuff in maybe a few hours if you're reasonably intelligent...

Oh just had a look over the tab again, those two C#s in the last bit of tab are also non-diatonic to D minor, they're the natural 7th. Could be seen as borrowed from the harmonic minor to lend the piece more of a leading sound and stronger resolution.
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#6
I wouldn't really approach this as trying to identify a scale to be honest, all you're really looking at there is arpeggiated chords.

Granted, chords and scales are pretty much the same thing when all's said and done, but in your example you can be sure it was written from a chordal perspective as opposed to simply cherry-picking notes out of a scale. If you can identify the notes, which you should be able to do, then you can work out the chords...there's nothing too complicated there as they all have roots on the bottom string, there's no slash chords or odd inversions there.
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#7
TS, the chord progression, although not played as such, is this:

Dm - Bbmaj - G/B - Cmaj - A/C sharp

The arpeggios complement these harmonies with chord tones such as the 5th, 3rd and 9th.

The low note in the 3rd and 5th arpeggios is clever use of dissonance.