#1
Hi, i have come up with a riff and not sure which scale it is in

E
B
G
D..........15....12....14
A
E..12

if am right i believe its in E
#2
Quote by hames jetfield
Scale: E minor, G major(and possibly many more)
Key: E minor


cheers dude, how do you know that it is in key of E minor? am not too gd with scales atm
#4
I smell... an essay coming soon.

Let's just say you wrote it in a scale that if E - has a b9. It could be written in C major scale. It could be in an F major scale too. It could be a part of Bm blues as well.

Just wait for the modes to begin. I know the answer... but I'm not sharing more. Just be happy you wrote something
#5
Quote by metal head 1
cheers dude, how do you know that it is in key of E minor? am not too gd with scales atm

Simply put, you try to find the note that sounds like "home" to this melody. Try playing it and end it on E. Notice the resolution.
Also, learn about intervals. Can you construct major and minor scales?
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#6
well, last time I checked, the E minor scale did not have a natural F on it, unless it's an accidental... which is impossible to discover without further context
#9
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well, last time I checked, the E minor scale did not have a natural F on it, unless it's an accidental... which is impossible to discover without further context

Sorry. My bad I misread the D string as A string.
EDIT:
In that case, C major. And depending on the context it is used in, key could be same or different
EDIT2: highlighted in case you didn't notice
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#10
it's in the chromatic scale

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#11
Quote by hames jetfield
Sorry. My bad I misread the D string as A string.
EDIT:
In that case, C major. And depending on the context it is used in, key could be same or different


No worries dude... it could still be in E minor though, just using an accidental... or in C major, or F major like evolucian said... with just a four note riff and no context, it's kind hard to know
#13
Might be terrible advice but I would say don't worry about scales too much, just write what sounds good to you and you enjoy listening to.
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#14
Quote by metal head 1
Hi, i have come up with a riff and not sure which scale it is in

E
B
G
D..........15....12....14
A
E..12

if am right i believe its in E

It's 4 notes, there's absolutely no way to say what scale it's in without the rest of the song and some kind of context, but equally there's not really any point in knowing for the same reasons.
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