#1
hey guys what are some good scales to use when soloing in metal. im looking at the harmonic minor and diminished. any else that are good?
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#2
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#3
Phrygian will serve you well.

If you want to get weird, try harmonic minor with a #4, whole tone scales, and mess around with some chromatics.
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#4
natural minor, harmonic minor, phrygian, and yeah pentatonic minor i guess...
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If you want to get weird, try harmonic minor with a #4, whole tone scales, and mess around with some chromatics.


Harmonic minor with a #4 is known as the Hungarian minor, or double harmonic minor, and IMO double harmonic scales (both major and minor) are the most exotic-sounding scales out there!
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#6
Pentatonic minor, blues, natural minor, melodic and harmonic minor, whole tone, phrygian
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#7
Do you want some actual tabbed scales? cause i've worked out a few. they aren't all one hundred percent right but the notes all sound prettly good together. here's one that i like for soloing

Tuning standard or dgcfad

d-12-14-15-17-19-20
a-12-13-15-17-19-20
f-12-14-16-17-19-20
g-12-14-16-17-19-22
a-12-14-16-17-19-22
d-12-14-15-17-19-20

These notes work out pretty well in just about every combination.
#8
I think phrasing is more important than the scale your using. If you want to sound like someone (why does that sound lame to me?), either transcribe their licks or look at their tabs. Then analyze how they phrase and their style of playing.
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#9
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I think phrasing is more important than the scale your using. If you want to sound like someone (why does that sound lame to me?), either transcribe their licks or look at their tabs. Then analyze how they phrase and their style of playing.


Agreed.
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#10
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Harmonic minor with a #4 is known as the Hungarian minor, or double harmonic minor, and IMO double harmonic scales (both major and minor) are the most exotic-sounding scales out there!

Hungarian implies the 5th mode of double harmonic, so the terms aren't quite interchangeable. I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's the proper naming. Either way, it was easier to tell him how to mod a scale he already knows than to send him off to teh googlez to find it himself.
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Quote by troyponce
Hungarian implies the 5th mode of double harmonic, so the terms aren't quite interchangeable.


Well, if I remember correctly, then there's a double harmonic minor scale and a double harmonic major scale. And the formula I found for the Hungarian minor scale was exactly the same as that of the double harmonic minor scale. I might be wrong about this, though.
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Copper is a metal

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#12
no scale is more "metal" than another. it's how you play the notes that matters.
recently i've been playing around with mixolydian (sp?) which is normally a bluesey sound but you can make it sound pretty damn sweet in metal.