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I Just wanna try to write something sad or emotional for a person no longer on earth(My friend) trying to make a sad solo. Thanks for any input.
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#2
I'm sorry too hear that.

As a general rule, minor scales are the sad ones.
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D minor would be the best, it is the saddest of all keys
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D minor would be the best, it is the saddest of all keys


haha, spinal tap?

My favorite key is C# minor.
It has a really lonely sound and it's also awesome for soloing; it's in the perfect spot on the fretboard.
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Any natural minor scale. IMO they all sound just as sad, there ain't no difference in the sadness factor between D minor, C# minor, G minor and so on...
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haha, spinal tap?

My favorite key is C# minor.
It has a really lonely sound and it's also awesome for soloing; it's in the perfect spot on the fretboard.


Emaj is my favorite key too.


You could also throw some Phrygian and Dorian in there.

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Emaj is my favorite key too.


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lol but anyways minor scales sound good, you might wanna play with discordant things like 7 on the G string and 4 on the B string (in standard tuning) or something like that. I dunno if that is of any use to you though.
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Okay, you'd be surprised how emotional the major scale is. Just for this thread i uploaded an mp3 (check my profile) of me playing a short clip of "Revelation" by Joe Satriani. That song is played in the major scale. Or at least, it would seem that way, I just learned it by ear.

He also uses sus4 chords (I believe) which look something like this:

D|--5
A|--3
E|--1


It's a stretch to play but it sounds great and you can move it all around the neck.
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Okay, you'd be surprised how emotional the major scale is. Just for this thread i uploaded an mp3 (check my profile) of me playing a short clip of "Revelation" by Joe Satriani. That song is played in the major scale. Or at least, it would seem that way, I just learned it by ear.

He also uses sus4 chords (I believe) which look something like this:

D|--5
A|--3
E|--1


It's a stretch to play but it sounds great and you can move it all around the neck.


That's a Sus2. Or a Sus4 in an inversion.

Also try out the Melodic Minor. It's really neat when used right.
Don't limit yourself to the minor scale, as it's just a major scale off a different root. Instead work it all over the place.

And try some unisons. That chorusy sound works nice.

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Conveying "sadness", or indeed any emotion, isn't just about scales - it starts with your chord progression, then you have to consider your choice of notes over those chords. A scale will give you a good base to start from but if you choose the wrong notes at the wrong time you still won't achieve the desired effect.
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