What scales does The Contortionist utilize the most?

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  1. Slavocracy

    Slavocracy SS.org Regular

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    I'm trying to rediscover my musical inspiration after a long hiatus from playing guitar, and I find that The Contortionist (especially their last album Language, and the songs they've released from Clairvoyant so far) really gets me back into the vibe I need to be in to write. What scales do they use the most? I think they play in drop g#.

    For reference, I'm playing (and planning to be writing music with my) 6-string baritone Ibby tuned to drop G.

    I know only a bit about music theory, so feel free to get technical, but also try to simplify it for me a bit if you can. For instance I know that you can move the natural minor modes all around the guitar to create different sounds, and to make a harmonic-sounding scale you can just flatten one of two notes, or both, etc ... but that's about the extent of my music theory knowledge
     
  2. Lemons

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    Just had a quick look at some notation for Reimagined. It looks like its all just diatonic harmony in E natural minor. If you want to become familiar with composing this kind of stuff then searching for "the" scale isn't going to help, you should start by familiarising yourself with some chordal harmony.

    Edit: the sound you're looking for might be the upper extension chords used in the song such as 7th, 9th, and 11ths
     
  3. InCasinoOut

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    Hint: they like to use a lot of major 7th voicings in their melodic parts. It gives it that dreamy vibe that contrasts their heavy sections.
     

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