#1
I would like some help in finding Chord structures that sound generally 'metal'

What are some chord formations you find useful in writing metal music?

Examples:
These are my favorite three in writing metal songs
(Not necessarily the notes, but the way it's formed)
And these are just what I call them as I do not know specific musical lingo

The "Euro-metal" sounding Chord
G---------------------------------------
D--------3--------5---------7-----------
A--------5--------7---------9-----------
D----------------------------------------

The "metal chorus" chord
G----5-------7---------9-----------------
D----5-------7---------9--------------
A----3-------5---------7--------------
D----3-------5---------7-----------------

And the "metal-lead chorus" chord
G--12------9---------7--------------------
D---X------X---------X--------------------
A--10-----7---------5------------------------
D------------------------------------------
Blindfolds aside I'd probably still close my eyes

And try to feel a trembling fetal life inside
that shotgun barrel that's about to make me bleed

Like an ulcer in the stomach of the beast


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#2


Please learn some music theory otherwise explaining chords to you would just have no point.
Last edited by rcw110131 at Jul 30, 2008,
#3
nice dude
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#4
The first ones are... I dunno what they're called.

The second ones, if played in drop D, are sus2 chords. If they're in standard, they're just power chords with an added fifth (3 on the E)

The last ones are just octave chords.

I don't know much theory, so I may be wrong about some of these.

EDIT: And is this the right forum?
Last edited by RedDeath9 at Jul 30, 2008,
#5
well this should probly be in Theory, but what the hell.

I like to play this, it sounds kida sweet.

|--------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
|---7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6---------------------------|
|---7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6-7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6------|
|---5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-6-6-6-6------|
|------------------------5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4------|

Thats one I play, I am also quite fond of the ones you listed there, do not know what they are called though.
#6
I just wanted some examples of different ways to form some chords for inspiration

I understand basics of music theory,
I just was asking for some simple suggestions
Blindfolds aside I'd probably still close my eyes

And try to feel a trembling fetal life inside
that shotgun barrel that's about to make me bleed

Like an ulcer in the stomach of the beast


Quote by Aurex
your sarcasam amuses me


CSUSM
#7
K... How about diminished?

|--------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------
|-5--8-------------------------------------
|-4--7-------------------------------------
|-3--6-------------------------------------
#8
how about these?
I Think it sounds awesome

E|------------------------------
B|------------------------------
G|-(7)--(5)--------------------
D|--8----6------(7)-(9)------
A|--5----3-------8---8--------
E|----------------5---6--------
#10
ok the typical trivium styleee chords are I I bVI V
in tab in drop d its 0000|0000|8888|7777|

for metal start with I, go to bVI then you cn pretty much go anywhere.
but it sounds predictable.
if in drop d playin in the key of d that would be D|0000|0000|8888|then wherever. 3, 5, 7 10 sound ok.
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#11
the "euro-metal" sounding chord you mentioned is called an invert chord, the metal lead chorus chord is an octave chord
#12
Just for the record, you can't have an "octave chord" it's just an octave.

The other ones aren't chords either, theyre diads.

A chord has at least 3 seperate notes.