#1
Me and a friend started a band. I want to capture the ''tension'' in my songs like you hear in fugazi's stuff (and some stoner rock). Are there ceratin chords or scales that i should try? help me out here

Thanks
#2
it's hard to say how to play like fugazi because they have an awfully broad range of style. a lot of the tension is built by some dissonant sounds, like the use of the tritone in "give me the cure." "life and limb" is another good track that has a somewhat eerie sound to it also. one thing i've found is that in trying to play like fugazi, you should use octave powerchords like this when appropriate:

---9---
---x---
---7---

[i]*I find that octaves sound better when played on the A and G strings.[/i]


i don't really know any good scales to use but some good chords are (i'll post more when i find my book that i wrote a bunch of chords in):
one of these names i'm unsure of so i'll leave it blank.
----------9-------5----5----5-
---3------11------5----5----4-
---5------12------4----4----5-
---5------13------3----3----4-
-----------------------4------
---5--------------3-----------
 Am11            G13  Db9  F7b9
[size="1"](^good for a buildup)[/size]



don't forget that most fugazi songs have a pretty solid rhythm with joe lally and brendan canty. the bass and drums interplay just like the guitars do, and if you can make a decent and somewhat memorable rhythm, then you're halfway through making a good song.

just experiment with your gear and tone, and remember that feedback is your friend.
Last edited by CoKane311 at Jan 16, 2007,
#3
That one chord you have with no name appears to be an Eb6.

Like said above, for tension, dissonance is a big help. Also, when dealing with scales, the vii chord/note is good for serious pull towards the root.
#4
Quote by CoKane311
it's hard to say how to play like fugazi because they have an awfully broad range of style. a lot of the tension is built by some dissonant sounds, like the use of the tritone in "give me the cure." "life and limb" is another good track that has a somewhat eerie sound to it also. one thing i've found is that in trying to play like fugazi, you should use octave powerchords like this when appropriate:

---9---
---x---
---7---

[i]*I find that octaves sound better when played on the A and G strings.[/i]


i don't really know any good scales to use but some good chords are (i'll post more when i find my book that i wrote a bunch of chords in):
one of these names i'm unsure of so i'll leave it blank.
----------9-------5----5----5-
---3------11------5----5----4-
---5------12------4----4----5-
---5------13------3----3----4-
-----------------------4------
---5--------------3-----------
Am11 G13 Db9 F7b9
[size="1"](^good for a buildup)[/size]



don't forget that most fugazi songs have a pretty solid rhythm with joe lally and brendan canty. the bass and drums interplay just like the guitars do, and if you can make a decent and somewhat memorable rhythm, then you're halfway through making a good song.

just experiment with your gear and tone, and remember that feedback is your friend.


Wow thanks a lot man.
#5
Quote by Kidzelda
That one chord you have with no name appears to be an Eb6.

It's actually Eb7.
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