#1
Hey guys,

Lately I've been trying to create some of my own riffs. While searching for ideas I came across this link:

http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/rhythm-guitar/foo-fighters-style-lesson/

It seems pretty straightforward, but there's one part in the description I don't understand: "Foo Fighters as many other punk/alternative bands use mostly major tonalities in their compositions. So if you are planning to compose music in this style you’ll need a deep knowledge of the major tonality."

What exactly are major tonalities? To me, the idea of major tonalities evokes specific notes (for example, in C the dominant note is G). Are "major tonalities" specific notes within a scale?

If anyone could clear this up for me, I'd greatly appreciate it.
#2
i think he means they're just playing in a major scale

i.e.

I major
II minor
III minor
IV major
V dominant
VI minor
VII diminished

in terms of the chords of the scale degrees (in C you'd be playing C major, D minor, E minor, F major, G dominant, A minor and B diminished). Obviously most chord progressions don't go I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, so if you had a I IV V progression you'd play C major, F major and G major chords. And the overall tonality would sound major.

That's what he means. You can hear in the start of the video clip in the link you posted, it sounds "major".
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#3
That lesson is just a diagram of the B minor scale, I wouldn't read too much into it.
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#4
Another possibility is changing the scale, dependent on which chord is being played. An all major chord progression,(a completely arbitrary example), "G, C, D E, A, G", would traverse the scales of several major keys. You can change the scale of the solo to match the chord being played. G major over, D major over D, E major over E, etc.

Actually, just playing while incorporating only the chord tones into the solo changes the key/scale automatically

But, if the bulk of the lesson is fixed in B minor, (scale and/or key), as Alan said, I wouldn't over think it.

Spouting things like "major tonalities", is painting with a pretty broad brush to begin with.
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#5
The way Foo Fighters guys compose songs is not picking chords in a scale. They just come up with riffs because they can play by ear pretty well. I don't think Dave Grohl knows that much theory. He just knows the sound well.

I would say good songs aren't written with your fingers (well, some may be). Music is about sound. When I get song ideas, they don't come from noodling around with a scale. They just kind of start ringing in my head and then I play what I hear in my head. This of course requires some ear training.

Also, I listened to the song he played and it also used non-diatonic chords. I'm not a member so I can't watch the whole lesson so I'm not really sure what it's talking about. But I think by "major tonality" he means "major key".
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But I think by "major tonality" he means "major key".


yeah that's what i meant. much handier than what i wrote.
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