some of the licks in that video have some really awesome sounding passing tones. Can somebody please provide an explanation of how to figure out which tones 'work' theoretically? Please dont say stuff like 'you have to figure it out by ear', because I would like to learn about the THEORY behind the licks.
looks like he is taking a Bm scale and adding a major 3rd and #5

same with the e scale, except he isnt adding a major 3rd because well....the scale is already major
Originally posted by primusfan
When you crank up the gain to 10 and switch to the lead channel, it actually sounds like you are unjustifiably bombing an innocent foreign land.

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A passing tone is just any (usually non-chord) tone adjacent to the consonant tone that is played as a lead-in to the consonant tone, often delaying it. You have diatonic upper and lower passing tones, as well as chromatic upper and lower passing tones (if the diatonic is a whole step away instead of a half step, or vice versa though the opposite is very uncommon and is usually two chromatic passing tones, eg. Bb-B-C). That's the theory. Sorry, but applying them really is a matter of experience and taste. You can have one, or more than one. Which direction? Chromatic or diatonic? Chromatic tends to draw more attention to the passing tone. When? To what note? What duration?
Inanez gave you the notes (for that song anyway) and I just gave you the basic theory. Now you get to go figure out how to apply them so they sound good to you, because that's a very individual thing that varies not only by person but by the piece itself.