#1
other than the popular simple rock power chords (5ths) what are great chords for metal? any kind (thrash, black, metal, etc.) just not nu-metal or any else of that pussy ****.
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#2
Seriously, power chords are just about all...

Make the focus of your metal compositions the lead guitar - that's what's best about metal \m/
#3
My style tends to be riff-based, so I use a lot of arpeggiated jazz chords, usually harmonized to give it an extra kick or layered over a power chord or a 1-b5-8.
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#5
Use some stacked fifths (power chords with the 9th added), some diminished chords, and if you're going for more of a metalcore thing (haha) some flat second chords.
#6
Huh, no one yet has mentioned barre chords. They need some TLC too.

Anyways, I play more of a Thrash/Death style so I use power chords alot...diminished chords are nice as well.
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#8
diads.... (major/minor thirds)


|-----------------|
|---4-------------|
|---5----3-------|
|---------5-------|
|-----------------|


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|-------|
|-------|
|-------|
|----12-|
|----10-|
|----8--|
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#9
yeah man, 3rds are much more metal than fifths (power chords)
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#10
Quote by yawn
Seriously, power chords are just about all...


Wow. You seriously don't know anything about anything, do you?

Diminished, they say, and I have to agree. Stacked fifths work as well. 1-3-8 or 1-b3-8 works as well.
#12
Those Hate Eternal style chords like 5-6-7. Sounds odd, but very brutal if used correctly.
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#13
^I believe that is what they call Diminished Chords. I could be wrong though... Oh, and I have to disagree with the one who said that Metal is all about the solos. It's so much more than that
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#14
5-6-7? steps?
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#15
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5-6-7? steps?


I'm thinking frets:

D--7--
A--6--
E--5--

EDIT: Which just happens to be said diminished chord...

Since well, you never start at the 5th step, wherever you start, that's the 1st. So then it would be 1-2-3, which is not only impossible to play, but it also sounds plain awful.
#17
I like to **** around with chords. For rhythm, I mostly use Diads.

Generally in these patterns.

e-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
D-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
A--5--|--3--|--2--|--1--|--0--|
E--3--|--3--|--3--|--3--|--3--|
B-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|


Just so i'm not BSing, i'll give you examples of awesome uses of each one.

First Bar: Do I need to explain?

Second Bar: The Main Riffs in 'Seasons in the Abyss'. 'Skin o' My Teeth'.

Third Bar: The Main Riff in 'The Sleep'.

Fourth Bar: 'Orion'

Fifth Bar: 'Battery'.

An awesome use of most of these chords you can find in the intro riffing to Opeth's 'Moonlapse Vertigo'...

e-----|---------------------------|-------------------|
B-----|---------------------------|-------------------|
G-----|-7s9-9-9-------------------|-------------------|
D-----|----------------5--5-4-----|--5--7-7-7-7---4-4-|
A---5-|-5s7-7-7--------7--7-7-----|--7--7-7-7-7---2-2-|
E-3---|----------0---0--------0-0-|-------------0---3-|


e------------------------|------------------------|
B------------------------|------------------------|
G------------------------|---------0--------------|
D-2--2-2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2-2-|-------1---1---/5-------|
A-0--0-0-0-0-0h2-2-2-2-2-|---0h3-------3------5---|
E------------------------|------------------3-----|


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#18
Quote by yawn
Seriously, power chords are just about all...

Make the focus of your metal compositions the lead guitar - that's what's best about metal \m/


Omg no.

It depends what style of Metal you are talking about...in all fairness
#19
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I like using minor triads with an octave. A la...


|---|
|---|
|-6-|
|-6-|
|-7-|
|-4-|


Yeah, I like this chord, too, but I never found it to be fitting metal all too much...

some chords that sound interesting in metal are suspended 2nd and sus 4th chords
such as


|------|
|-5--8-|
|-7--7-|
|-7--7-|
|-5--5-|
|------|
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#20
Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) uses some very strange suspended and add chords in his playing
#21
Honestly you can't get more metal than sweeping this:
|--------|
|--------|
|-------8|
|------7-|
|----6---|
|--5-----|

but...this is good too for just plain chords:

|-------|
|-------|
|--7----|
|--7----|
|--5----|
|--5----|


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#22
Minor chords and diminished chords (both half and full) work well for metal.

Don't Opeth use suspended chords fairly frequently?
#23
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e|- I use that chord sometimes.
B|-
G|-
D|3
A|1
E|1

that's still only a fifth... fitfth over the b flat, then an octave under that fifth
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#24
I see alot of these threads...Maybe this should be stickied or something? :P

Oh, and a favorite chord of mine...

e|----
B|----
G|----
D|--1-
A|--2-
E|--2-

I was looking at my chord poster and I was checking out Ami and I really like how it sounded on the bottom strings. It needs alot of distortion though. :P
#25
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I see alot of these threads...Maybe this should be stickied or something? :P
God no. We have way too many stickies as it is.
#26
e
b
g
d 9
a 7
e 5

its ok. some metal core bands use it
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#27
Sepultura Commenly use inverted powerchords, that give a slightly different sound. incase you dont know an inverted powerchord is like this:

D|--3 Fifth
A|--1 Root
E|--1 Fifth

Metallica have used countless different diads other than powerchords. some examples...

Minor Diad (Em)

D|--5
A|--7

Major Diad (E)

D|--6
A|--7

I've also known them to use this one, dont know the classification though

A|--6
E|--2

Its labelled as D#m/F#

In their song 'Epic' Faith no more use the Hendrix Chord (E7#9)(see below) to geat effect.

B|--8
G|--7
D|--6

Hope these help.
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