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Match Emotion of Lyrics with Music

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MasterChief, May 8, 2005.

  1. MasterChief


    Feb 4, 2003
    What are some important things to consider while matching the emotions of the lyrics with music?

    Scary lyrics = scary music
    Dreamlike lyrics = dreamlike music
    Sad lyrics = sad music
    Happy lyrics = happy music

    My guess is that scales are very important for doing this, but I'm afraid I don't have much knowledge about scales.
  2. What key the songs is in has a bearing on this, certain keys are sadder(minor) than others(major)
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Sometimes a 'happy-sounding' tune with ominous lyrics works-
    The Beatles' "She Said She Said" or "Maxwell's Silver Hammer".

    To answer your other comment about "guessing scales are important"-
    If a mode with a b5 or a b2 is used...a certain vibe may be felt just from that.