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Match Emotion of Lyrics with Music

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


  1. MasterChief

    MasterChief

    Feb 4, 2003
    Virginia
    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
    Etc.

    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

    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.