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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

Hi there,

So basically I've confused myself, I've written a riff, and want to write a harmony line for it for the other guitarist in my band to play, but I've confused myself by trying to work out what I'm playing.

The riff is played over a standard metal triplet chugging on the low E, and it seems like the riff itself is based on the F major scale, so I'm wondering if the riff is in E or F major, or a mode? The notes are as follows:

E E E A# G A E E E A# G A A# C E E E A# G F A G

If anyone can tell me which scale or mode i'm playing it'd be a great help :P
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 12:33 PM
 
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

Phrygian with a flat 5?

There are other guys who will know a lot better, that's just my suggestion.
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

To me it looks like F major.
If you rename the A# to it's enharmonic Bb it all fits Fmajor.

If the Riff has an E feel to it (which I suspect it does because most of the notes are E's)
the mode could be E locrian (7th mode of Fmajor)

BTW just for trivia and relevant to the post above from skins345669; phrygian with a flat 5 is actually Locrian
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

very simple ... its E locrian (E F G A Bb C D)
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

Thanks everyone for the swift response, I really need to learn some theory :P
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

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To me it looks like F major.
If you rename the A# to it's enharmonic Bb it all fits Fmajor.

If the Riff has an E feel to it (which I suspect it does because most of the notes are E's)
the mode could be E locrian (7th mode of Fmajor)

BTW just for trivia and relevant to the post above from skins345669; phrygian with a flat 5 is actually Locrian
Well, you really do learn something new every day. Thanks dude!
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

Depending on the riff it may work best to have the harmony play the exact same thing but a fixed interval higher, such as a minor 3rd, or a 4th/5th, octaves, etc.
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Re: Confused by a riff I'm trying to write a harmony for

If you were doing 3rds, you would have to alternate between minor and major to make sure the harmony part fits the key of the riff though.
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