#1
I'm still learning chords and stuff so bear with me.

I found two chords I really like, Cmaj7 and E.

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If I want my tonic to be C, am I correct in thinking that the only scales that fit those chords are either C Double Harmonic (Byzantine) or C Harmonic Major?

Should I not choose C to be the tonic here? I don't know, if anybody could help me that'd be great, thanks.
#2
Those chords are not found in any one key. However, both of those chords fit nicely in an Am progression using the major V chord (E major).

Converesly, a common progression is D Bb C. Moved up a whole step, you get E C D. Stick the maj7 on the C if you wish. This is an odd E major riff, but kind of cool.

Quote by Metallist65
For some ****in theory stead of uneducated ****...if C is your tonic, I'd say C Harmonic Minor.
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#3
For some ****in theory stead of uneducated ****...if C is your tonic, I'd say C Harmonic Minor.
#4
Sounds like a modulation to A minor to me. There's a lot of pieces that feature a III chord and arguably the most common usage for it is to modulate into the relative minor. An example of a progression like this would be C E Am G.
#5
Thanks for your help everyone. As I said the notes of the chords themselves fit into the C Double Harmonic (Byzantine) or C Harmonic Major scales and I improvised over the two chords with both scales and it sounded pretty good. And I'm writing progressive metal type stuff so the oddness of the chord combination is exactly what I was going for