#1
Ive been messing around with my guitar doing some heavy riffs that sound awesome but i was wondering(since im a newb with music theory)which scales should i use to get like a dark feel,ive heard sum such as melodic minor n stuff but r there any others?
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#2
have a go with phrygian, locrian, and harmonic minor
and good old natural minor
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i like the harmonic minor
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i saw a michael romeo clip where he showed some of the scales he uses...diminished scale
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have a go with phrygian, locrian, and harmonic minor
and good old natural minor
Those are modes not scales. Scales are just a group of notes. Modes are a list of intervals that correspond with a tonal center
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i saw a michael romeo clip where he showed some of the scales he uses...diminished scale
Anything diminished just means it has a diminished fifth.
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Ive been messing around with my guitar doing some heavy riffs that sound awesome but i was wondering(since im a newb with music theory)which scales should i use to get like a dark feel,ive heard sum such as melodic minor n stuff but r there any others?

Melodic minor isn't usually seen as being "dark (although, if you were clever...)."
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#7
Learn intervals and usage of scales, it dosent matter what scales you're using, it matters how.
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So when I saw this as the latest thread under Musician Talk on the main forum page, I could only see the words "Best Heavy,Dark,and Metal...". Before opening the Musician Talk page, I said to myself: "If the next word is scale I'm going to bash my head into a wall". Sure enough... My head hurts.
#9
you can make plenty of scales/modes sound 'dark' depending on how you use them. ive heard natural minor sound pretty foreign before.

throw in some chromatic stuff too.

try harmonic minor, phrygian dominant, some exotic scales, etc.

but making music sound 'dark' and 'heavy' isnt only about what scale youre using, as i said natural minor can sound pretty crazy, it can also sound very melodic and sweet, just depending on interval choices, rhythm, tempo, and such.
#10
Opeth can make Major scale and Major chords sound like Satan burning a stillborn child. It all depends on your phrasing.
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gah! avedas, satanism is not about killing babies and microwaving them or sacrificing them dammit...

anyways i like to use harmonic minor....
mode-wise i use locrian

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#12
Since it's pretty popular around MT lately - super locrian. It's more locrian than locrian.

Anything diminished just means it has a diminished fifth
I thought a diminished mode has 1 b3 b5 bb7. Locrian is half-diminished because it has a b5 and b3, but not a bb7.
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Yeah, Locrian is the half-diminished mode. You got that right. However, diminished generally means b5. There's not always a seventh. There may be some exceptions I'm not aware of, but as far as I know, b5 = diminished. Always. I also think if you have that b5 you assume it is full diminished and not half diminished, because there is no seventh.

Someone please correct me if I missed something.