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  1. #25


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    I threw sixths in on a bunch of Sparrows parts /shamelesspromotionofmyoldband
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  3. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by Naren View Post
    Then I assume you meant "non-fifth-based power chords" since usually when someone says "a power chord," they mean "the root and a fifth." But technically all dyads are power chords in metal (though not all power chords are dyads. I oftentimes play "9th power chords" which are technically triads since you play a 9th instead of an octave).

    After fifth-based power chords, fourth-based power chords are arguably the most common. Chuck Schuldiner of Death used them all the time. And if you want to hear a wide variety of fourth based, minor third based, major third based, and so on, listen to 80s hair metal or power metal.

    But yeah, I still maintain that dyads are insanely common in metal, even if you exclude fifth-based dyads (aka typical power chords).

    Wow when those lower backing chords come in that is so friggin cool!

  4. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonplayer View Post
    A lot of '80s bands used sixth-based dyads as passing chords in progressions. John Sykes did it all the time--"Bad Boys" off of the Whitesnake 1987 album is an example that comes to mind.

    Ritchie Blackmore constructed many of his riffs around fourth-based dyads, with the chordal movement in the progression going into third-based dyads frequently. "All Night Long" from Rainbow's Down to Earth is a good example of this. His musical "descendants" in the '80s often followed this approach in a classic metal style, interspersing Ritchie-style riffs with more Iommi-style fifth-based dyads. I still do that all the time, since I was influenced by both guys.

    You also hear flat-fifth dyads as passing chords here and there.
    Awesome, I'll have to go listen to some more Whitesnake, I'm already a big fan of "Wings of the Storm"

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  6. #28


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil View Post
    I'm about to go to a meeting so don't have time to double check certain songs, but Gojira uses a lot of diads in their riffs. Mainly the usual major/minor thirds, and inverted power chords (AKA the 5th is the lower note, so it makes the whole power chord sound an octave lower), but I feel like there are some less-common diads in there, too.
    I only recently discovered Gojira, but I only listened to a few songs, I'll go check'em out too


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