#1
hey guys:
I'm a guitarist, I want to make some folk/medieval kind of music, I first liked that from opeth, from the first two album.
anyone knows how to make/compose this kind of music, the Irish kind of music. any fundamentals?
btw if you like folk metal kind of staff, can you recommend me some?
#3
A lot of it has to do with atmosphere, of course (instrumentation especially), but I would look specifically at the Dorian and Ionian modes.
#4
from my theory textbook (this is how "Shipping Up To Boston" functions on a music theory level): In the middle ages and Renaissance musical relationships were understood in terms of a structure called a "hexachord," built in a standard pattern of whole and half steps: W-W-H-W-W. Accidentals were invented when musicians needed to transpose this hexachord's pattern. The first accidental introduced was Bb, which allowed the hexachord on C (C-D-E-F-G-A) to begin on F (F-G-A-Bb-C-D) with the same whole and half step pattern. Musicians called the hexachord beginning on C the "natural" hexachord, and the one beginning on F the "soft" hexachord. The pattern on G (G-A-B-C-D-E) was dubbed the "hard" hexachord.

Essentially using I-IV-V patterns using hexachords will allow you to create a folksie/medieval sound.

EDIT: The first two (an argument could be made for three) Ensiferum albums are some awesome folk metal.
Last edited by rob904 at Aug 23, 2013,
#6
I don't know if they're really folk metal, but take a look at drudkh, I think of them as sort of folk influenced.
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#8


You mention "medieval" music. The only band in metal that has much of any relation to "medieval" music is Obsequiae. Nothing else is even close.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc6AtgET2Bw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DhoOtGtUIQ

Failing that, you could, you know, also actually just listen to lots of medieval and folk music. Inevitably it will have an influence on whatever you write.
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