#1
Some friends and I just started a hardcore/screamo/punk band and I have no idea where to start when it comes to writing lead guitar parts. Which scales/modes/chord progressions are common in hardcore? Any tips?
#2
Be original. Don't conform to what "SHOULD" be used in a hardcore band.
Make your own stuff up.
#3
Quote by CyanideChris
Be original. Don't conform to what "SHOULD" be used in a hardcore band.
Make your own stuff up.



hes right, but i think arpeggios sound really good and cool with hardcore music, but definately dont use pentatonics they sound terrible with hardcore............
#4
Quote by CyanideChris
Be original. Don't conform to what "SHOULD" be used in a hardcore band.
Make your own stuff up.



couldn't agree more... you could have a classical sounding tune but then you add distortion and speed and it's totally different
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#5
Why would you want to write common chord/lead progressions?

That's generally the mindset which produces crappy music.

Think for yourself, write what sounds good. Please don't adhere to convention too much like that.
#6
Quote by webbtje
Why would you want to write common chord/lead progressions?

That's generally the mindset which produces crappy music.

Think for yourself, write what sounds good. Please don't adhere to convention too much like that.


I know, but I'm new to the whole songwriting thing and I just need a place to start. Once I get good at writing crappy music, then I can move on to writing good music and being more creative. The way I see it, everyone has to start out crappy. You can't get good if you don't get past being bad.
#7
Hardcore is usually in a minor key.

Natural minor tends to be used rather frequently, with harmonic minor coming in second. Seriously, around 75% of the metalcore bands I listen to use natural minor all the time.

I can't think of any hardcore songs in a major key, except for a few by my band.

By the way, I second what others have said. Play what sounds good to you, not what everyone else plays.