#1
I have a few ideas for a song. A few ruffs and an idea for (part of) a solo.

What scales/chords would work well with a rock/pop punk/metal influenced song?


I know pop punk and metal is quite a big jump though lol. I was thinking harmonic minor, pentatonic and major scales. Power chords and possibly drop tuning or something. What else? What other chords would work? Other scales?

I also want to have at least a semi interesting bass line. Any tips? I dont play bass so im clueless.


#2
Pop punk=Simple melody over any of these chords I-IV-V, Keep it diatonic (as in use the major scale exclusively)
Metal=Either you play pop punk with E chugging/faster powerchord thrashing or...

Damn, I really cant explain progressive metal in one sentence. Just thrash powerchords, I'll write something on progressive metal in the morning.

EDIT: btw, im a fan of most kinds of metal/punk, I wouldn't bag it. It's just how its written.
Last edited by demonofthenight at Apr 19, 2008,
#3
Pop punk=Simple melody over any of these chords I-IV-V, Keep it diatonic (as in use the major scale exclusively)
Pretty sure they also use minor keys, and using 4 chords is common. like I IV V vi
At least thats what I hear in the pop-punk I listen to.

Metal=Either you play pop punk with E chugging/faster powerchord thrashing or...

Damn, I really cant explain progressive metal in one sentence
Did you just say that all metal other than prog metal is just a lower/faster version of pop-punk?

EDIT: To answer the threadstarter, I would say that the pentatonic scale is a good choice, however, when you are writing out your melodies you may find you need to use the major/minor scales.
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