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me and a friend of mine are trying to write/find metal songs in a major key. its tough. does anyone know of any? have you ever written one? everything we write sounds like crappy punk songs. thanks!
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#2
Isn't Crazy Train, or pretty much all Twisted sister songs?
Not sure, but it takes a lot to make a good one, and kudos to those who have.
I'm interested in making a major metal song myself. Have been for a while. Minor's just so easy to make something sound good because it's programmed into us!


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#4
Power chords should solve your problem.

Remember, if you're in a major key, you have minor ii, Minor iii (I think), and I'm pretty sure there's a diminished vi in there. Those can be metal. Use them.

There may be another minor, but I'm not up on my theory. Which reminds me: Try the music talk forum.
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Metal in a major key would not be considered metal to my knowledge. It would probably be dismissed as some kind of punk song or something, which is probably the reason why you wouldn't be able to find any to begin with.
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Quote by beethovens dad
minor ftw.
i'm pretty sure most metal is in minor.

99.9%
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#9
Power metal?

cellador? sonata arctica?

EDIT: Yeah, look up the song Wakening by Cellador ( www.myspace.com/cellador has it), it's so ****ing happy, it's awesome.
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Quote by H(i)SS
working on one now as a matter of fact. try writing it in the Lydian Mode.



That's minor though..


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#11
valley of the damned is pretty much major its canon progression in E though
dragonforce.
not a big fan of them though
only songi learned by them cause of the sweeps lmao
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Power chords should solve your problem.

Remember, if you're in a major key, you have minor ii, Minor iii (I think), and I'm pretty sure there's a diminished vi in there. Those can be metal. Use them.

There may be another minor, but I'm not up on my theory. Which reminds me: Try the music talk forum.


No, major scale has major everything.

And everyone be quiet. I know that the 2nd 3rd and 6th tones are minor, and the 7th diminished. But played in the order they are, they carry major tonal qualities. And besides, I just meant scale intervals. Not that other crap.
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#13
Quote by killadelphia222
Power metal?

cellador? sonata arctica?

really? cellador? i have their CD. it sounds major now that i think about it. ill get some sheet music. keep em comin dudes. THANKS!
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Quote by Mattalac
That's minor though..



no lydian has a #4. im pretty sure there is no flat 3.

minor = flat 3.

major = no flat 3
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correct me if I'm wrong (im not to good with this section of Music Theory lol) but doesnt the song "Lip gloss and Black" by Atreyu switch between minor and major?
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Lykathea Aflame; brutal death metal, but very uplifting, and celestial sounding.

This oxymoronic music is confusing me!!!
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correct me if I'm wrong (im not to good with this section of Music Theory lol) but doesnt the song "Lip gloss and Black" by Atreyu switch between minor and major?

doubt it.
ive never herd of a song switching between keys.
#22
new bfmv song sound pretty majory for a metal song
hearts burst into fire

http://youtube.com/watch?v=y2m3iKnEZRI

(i dont want to get into a debate about bfmv being metal or metalcore or what ever)
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Quote by zeppelinfreak51
No, major scale has major everything.


you are also wrong.

if you are in g major you would have these chords.

Gmaj7
Am7
Bm7
Cmaj7
D7
Em7
F#m7flat5


that is 4 minor chords.
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Quote by H(i)SS
no it isn't

I was thinking of phrygian, my bad. Haha


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Quote by zeppelinfreak51
No, major scale has major everything.


on a scale of 1 to 10, that made negative sense.
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Quote by beethovens dad
doubt it.
ive never herd of a song switching between keys.


hmm

i can think of a lot

bohemian rhapsody for one
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Quote by beethovens dad
doubt it.
ive never herd of a song switching between keys.

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#34
I think some Iron Maiden songs are, can't think of any of the top of my head because I'm tired.
#35
Quote by kyle100
Metal in a major key would not be considered metal to my knowledge. It would probably be dismissed as some kind of punk song or something, which is probably the reason why you wouldn't be able to find any to begin with.



You could call it a major key, but then only really use the relative minor. Thus... well... you get the idea.
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#36
just add some sweeping and fast tapping solos. it will seem more "metal"

if you think writing metal in major is "crappy pop punk" then you're not writing what you want to write. stick with minor noob.
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#37
Quote by fenderbassist12
you are also wrong.

if you are in g major you would have these chords.

Gmaj7
Am7
Bm7
Cmaj7
D7
Em7
F#m7flat5


that is 4 minor chords.


But if you play the G maj scale, you have G A B C D E F# G. A major scale. And the minor chords that are played still have an overall major tonal quality because of the order in which they are played. And if you want to get picky, those would all be Mixolydian chords because you usually play a flat seven when improving over a 7th chord. The point is, in a major scale, you have major tonal qualities.
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Quote by hethamulburton
You could call it a major key, but then only really use the relative minor. Thus... well... you get the idea.

theoretically yea but im lookin for some for real major stuff. whoever said crazy train was right. that falls into A Major. cellador has a few intros in C and D Major but the main riffs all go back to their respective Minor keys.(Dminor pwns btw). it seems thats the common trend. i havent gotten the crazy train solo 100% figured out yet but it seems to be leaning toward minor.
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#39
Quote by Its_Rock77
just add some sweeping and fast tapping solos. it will seem more "metal"

if you think writing metal in major is "crappy pop punk" then you're not writing what you want to write. stick with minor noob.

thanks for being an ass. i wanted to see what i could do and was looking for a little help. i write in minor keys all the time. and most dont have sweep solos. thanks for mucking up a productive discussion.
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