#1
after playing guitar for a while, i want to start writting my own music, not any lyrics write now just guitar stuff. I want to go for a dark sound using both power chords and fretting, any tips?
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#2
a dark sound? maybe start with your tone first maybe play detuned a little more low end then usual. writing wise ummm i dunno try using a Locrian scale. if you want dark i mean in olden days that scale was banned because it was aparently evil.
#3
thanks for the tip but i what i meant was when trying to write music should i just play random notes until a combo sounds good or acutally pre plan what i want it to sound like and then play it out?
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#4
As far as evil sounding stuff if you use a lot of tritones it will sound evil, tritone is 6 semitones from the root note

a 6 8
e 5 7 and so on, plus playing in the key of f seems to have a darker tone, but it also depends on how play and your rhy. sections
#5
and no i dont mean darker as in evil i meant darker just as in the tone of the song i dont want a blink 182 sound i want a chevelle/soundgarden/tool sound
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#6
turn out the lights, everything will be darker

in all seriousness, i would say that sticking more with the lower strings would be a good idea. i also think that having multiple guitars going at once helps give a heavy sound, especially if one is repeated or held power chords. this just helps lend that full sound that a lot of heavy bands have. i also think that a moderate tempo can sound heavier than a really fast one, but then again im sure a lot of metal heads will disagree with me there.
#7
i agree wid jof on doubling the guitars up. dark sounds use lots of uneasy chord changes abd slower tempos. avoid any fifth chord changes. heres one i jst thought up - D5 A#5 G5 G5. i mean thts lame bt yu get the idea.
#8
diminished scales and arpeggios...listen to children of bodom you'll see why, they use it a lot, especially in the solos (dim7 arps)

oh, and for a darker "sound", tune down to drop C and mess with some augmented 4th/diminished 5th intervals, they tend to give a very evil sound...
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#9
he says sound garden, not children of bodom so doing thats going from "my house if on fire" the "the world is ending". Yeah, thats how bodom get their sound. iif u wanna sound like soundgarden and tool play their songs and see what they use