#1
I am a drummer first and foremost and am just learning guitar and writing some songs

I'm not too hot on scales, keys and general theory really at the moment so any help in telling me what scales can be used over the top of this riff to create a solo would be great

#2
any scale that is in A I think.
but do what I do, play just on feeling, no thinking just play and improvise that is ten times better than memorizing scales and stuff
but that is just my opinion
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#4
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thank god for the total guitar scalebook that came wid this months issue.....its all in A
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any scale that is in A I think.
but do what I do, play just on feeling, no thinking just play and improvise that is ten times better than memorizing scales and stuff
but that is just my opinion


Ignore this^

"Feeling" is not an inherent property of music, which is structured sound. Theory explains why musical concepts sound the way they do, which will allow you better express yourself with your instrument because you are no longer restricted to trial and error.
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"Feeling" is not an inherent property of music, which is structured sound. Theory explains why musical concepts sound the way they do, which will allow you better express yourself with your instrument because you are no longer restricted to trial and error.


well, it works for me. from time to time I have a wrong note that doesn't sound in the solo or riff but it is all a matter of practise. I don't say that scales and theory are bull**** but I just don't use them. to me it's all a matter of feeling.
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#10
A dorian
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well, it works for me. from time to time I have a wrong note that doesn't sound in the solo or riff but it is all a matter of practise. I don't say that scales and theory are bull**** but I just don't use them. to me it's all a matter of feeling.


Fair enough, but that's not a good thing to say when teaching.
#13
uh, why is it in A minor? I see three sharps: F# C# G#, so isn't it in D?
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uh, why is it in A minor? I see three sharps: F# C# G#, so isn't it in D?


There is an A pedal. That is like creating a vamp. It will have A as its tonal center and thus be A dorian.
#15
It seems to use a good bit of chromaticism, almost to the point that it could be considered parallel Amaj and Am.

A B C C# D E F F# G G#

I think that's every note used in it, I might have missed some/misread some.
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It seems to use a good bit of chromaticism, almost to the point that it could be considered parallel Amaj and Am.

A B C C# D E F F# G G#

I think that's every note used in it, I might have missed some/misread some.


Those are accidentals, not chromaticism.
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Those are accidentals, not chromaticism.


In music, chromaticism is a compositional technique interspersing the primary diatonic pitches and chords with other pitches of the chromatic scale. These may be unrelated or as secondary pitches.

I would say that since this uses all the notes of both A major and A minor, it wouldn't really be accidentals, since they are both fairly well represented. Granted, I could be wrong, since I don't work so much with sheet music and the like, but chromaticism makes sense to me in this context.

Edit - According to Wiki, this would be considered a case of mode mixture, which is defined as a form of chromaticism. Anyone who can clarify this, I'd love to hear it. I come here to learn.
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#19
The C#, F# and G# say A Major, however, the C, F and G says A Minor.

It's an interesting riff. Might put it into guitar pro to see how it sounds.

Is it definately tuned in standard?
#20
Of the notes that don't occur in A minor each one is either played together with A or one of the strongest tones in the scale, they'll add some unresolved tension and dissonance to things but it's still very firmly rooted in A minor to my ears.
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The C#, F# and G# say A Major, however, the C, F and G says A Minor.

It's an interesting riff. Might put it into guitar pro to see how it sounds.

Is it definately tuned in standard?


No, it's drop D. If you look at the power chord on the 7th fret, it's an A (check the notation).
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