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Peaceful scales

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by nuclearrabbit17, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. nuclearrabbit17

    nuclearrabbit17 Guest

    May 20, 2004
    I need some really cool peaceful scales. I'm trying to come up with some really cool peaceful songs and I'm not sure how to approach it. I have no experience in playing peaceful songs but have recently started listening to peaceful bands such as Interpol, Modest Mouse, Moby, and a few more. I love that kind of music. I have already learned some songs from these artists if any of you were going to suggest that, but I think a scale would help more. Thanks in advance.
  2. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    you might better off using fragments of scales and arpeggios with all the 'pungent' notes taken out... the wider the intervals you use, generally the better... you'll never sound peaceful with dense chromatic clusters :)

    basically, intervals like 4ths and 5ths are good.. they don't give your ear much information to chew on

    try stacking 5ths... eg a C - G - D... which gives you a nice open sounding add9 without a 3rd tying things down too much

    a pentatonic minor figure WITHOUT the 3rd has lots of these ambiguous, 'open' sounding notes too

    the only other thing I can think of to say is that music teachers often differentiate between harmony that exists because of chord movement, and harmony that exists due to repetition or reinforcement.... e.g. 'traditional' harmony defines a tonal centre by the presence of cadences/resolution etc... wheras modern music often defines a tonal centre just through the restatement of the same chord over and over :)

    I'd suggest you'll get more mileage in the 'peacefulness' stakes if you go for the secondary approach and have your harmony as static as possible... traditional harmony is obviously based on tension & resolution, which is what you're trying to avoid
  3. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I agree - those kinds of things don't use scales as such and peaceful does really equal static harmony. There are certainly scales to cause dissonance - but not for peace!! ;)