#1
So I am just wondering...I have been covering some video game music and think
some of the compoers are very brilliant!

But I find the way they compose kinda confusing...for example, I notice that the song will be written in a key like A major, but then as the song progresses, will use a note repeatedly not found in the scale

Heres an example: http://www.gametabs.net/final-fantasy-xiii/blinded-by-light

It starts with G# in the intro riff, but then as the song goes on, the song uses G notes...

I find this confusing...why does the composer do this? Are these notes borrowed from another scale? Can someone explain to me the logic or reasoning behind this?

I love how it sounds but just do not understand what made the composer do this.

Thankyou!
#2
Sounds like the composer is just using passing notes or accidentals, which are fairly common in music.
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#4
I just find it weird that the accidentals always just tend to be one note in pareticular played over and over...and I am just kind of wondering why it is THAT particular note they choose
#5
I hear a key change, which would explain the use of a G natural as opposed to a G#.

In general, the "does it sound good" rule applies - personally, when I'm writing that's what I go by a large percentage of the time even though I know enough theory to describe what I'm doing.
#7
There's a lot of ways you can play a "G" and a "G#" in the same key..

One that hasn't been thrown out there yet.. Since you're reading in tab and not actual notation... Because of enharmonics, the "G" may be an F##, or the "G#" may be an Ab. In the major scale, the 7th degree is a half step below the tonic(root), so G and Ab (G#) are in the same key.
#8
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simple answer, it sounds good.


This, a lot musicians playout side of a scale when soloing too, that's why a lot of people, myself included, believe that theory explains what you've done, but it doesn't dictate it.
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#9
Quote by ChemicalFire
This, a lot musicians playout side of a scale when soloing too, that's why a lot of people, myself included, believe that theory explains what you've done, but it doesn't dictate it.


Theory doesn't dictate that you have to stay in a scale. Anything you do outside of a diatonic scale is easily described by theory.