How does one write in a spanish theme? Like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly or Conquest by The White Stripes. Any modes or scales I should be using? Thank you.
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Last edited by MoonBoots432 at Oct 29, 2007,
Look at those songs and figure out what they are doing.

Maybe try phrygian.
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Trills mostly. Although playing sixth degree notes and minor progressions work well too. Also, you may like to use a major 3rd as an accidental, to simulate the phrygian dominant mode, which sounds so exotically spanish it's sexy.

And modes... any minor modes will work, and maybe the locrian mode.

If you want to take it a step further you could try the harmonic minor and use its modes. Although understanding what your doing in harmonic minor is very difficult.
[U]        | |                     [/U]
[U]        |/     .-.              [/U]
[U]       /|_     `-’       |      [/U]
[U]      //| \      |       |      [/U]
[U]     | \|_ |     |     .-|      [/U]
      *-|-*    (_)     `-’
Modes of harmonic minor too.
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