#1
I was just wondering if there were any elements that circus music had, other than it being in 3/4 timing and/or accordion kinda of instrument? I mean as far as chords go... anyone have any idea?

EDIT: If anyone has some good songs to play on guitar with it, that would help also...or like scales and stuff.
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#2
Major tonality im guessing? Apart from taht im no help sorry
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#3
use organs

also, chromatics
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#4
it often uses waltz...there was a thread on this about 6 months ago, dig around, you might find it?

but then again, we all know our search function is just so perfect....
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#5
Crotchet bass lines. As in alternating between the root note and a fourth below or a fifth above.
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there was a thread on this about 6 months ago, dig around, you might find it?
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#9
Slash played a lick once that he thought sounded like a carnival tune in a warm up.....axl liked it....and so sweet child o' mine was born. I kid you not.
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#10
Quote by hippie_cune
listen to "being of the benefit of Mr Kite" by Beatles

that song is right out of the big top


yeah, thats my favorite song off the love album (when they mix it with i want you and helter skelter) *droool*
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#11
Try listening to the last 20 seconds of "But It's Better If You Do" by P!ATD. Doesn't get much circusier than that.
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#12
Listen to 'The Mullet Burden' by The Dillinger Escape Plan.
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#14
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I would suggest chromatic runs for the melody and a waltz/italian folk like rhthym in major. As in long bass note and short staccato treble chord.
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#15
It's an album by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, thank you. Circus-y, worth a listen?
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#16
Quote by hippie_cune
listen to "being of the benefit of Mr Kite" by Beatles

that song is right out of the big top


That is exactly what I was going to suggest.

Plenty of chromatics, the Spanish Gypsy scale (Harmonic Minor starting on the fifth tone) if you want more of a 'spanish' tone.

You could check out Cirque de Soleil, you could get a DVD or check google video, too.
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#20
try not using theory, I wrote a cirsus song the other day and it like breaks the rules of scales and uses sweep picking dunno
#21
listen to The Klaxon by Henry Filmore a few times and you'll get it.
Here's a link: http://www.howard.k12.md.us/music/Klaxon.mp3

It's meant for a concert/marching band, but you can get the basic idea of circus music from it. You just have to listen closely to ALL parts, because there are a lot of important background parts and stuff.

Also, you need to pay attention to the percussion in the background.

Basically, you need dynamic contrast and lots of fast picking
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#23
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Light my fire - The doors sounds very carnivarly to me...

Also can somone explain what major tonality is?
Probably a chord progression or melody based around major chords and modes.
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#24
play this:

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b[ ---------------8-7-8-:----8-78765-4---4-:
g[------------------------:------------------7--:

etc etc


then this:

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b[-8--------8--------:------------------8-9-8---:
g[----7-67----7-67-:--------678910-------10:
d[---------------------:56789-------------------:
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#25
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play this:

e[ -8-7-67654---------:-4-------------------:
b[ ---------------8-7-8-:----8-78765-4---4-:
g[------------------------:------------------7--:

etc etc


then this:

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b[-8--------8--------:------------------8-9-8---:
g[----7-67----7-67-:--------678910-------10:
d[---------------------:56789-------------------:



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#26
hell yeah go round up some elephants and grab the bearded lady's ass, this ****s going down.
#27
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try not using theory, I wrote a cirsus song the other day and it like breaks the rules of scales and uses sweep picking dunno


I doubt that, it was probably just related to an aspect of theory you aren't familiar with.
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#28
So far this has been an extremely helpful thread, thanks so much!
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#29
listen to some mr bungle. a lot of their songs remind me of carnival tunes. really good msuic too
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#31
Quote by natedapunk
try not using theory, I wrote a cirsus song the other day and it like breaks the rules of scales and uses sweep picking dunno


always use theory! shame shame!