Lesson Series - How Meshuggah Choose Which Notes to Play

Discussion in 'Music Theory, Lessons & Techniques' started by freepower, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. freepower

    freepower SS.org Regular

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    Hi all!

    Almost all lessons on Meshuggah focus on their rhythms (for obvious reasons!) but I've rarely seen discussion of their note choice. I've created this lesson series that's designed to give you an idea of the way they write their riffs but it requires no previous theory knowledge - everything you need to know will be described as you go through the lessons. I'll update this OP as I do more lessons, I hope you find em interesting! :)

    Would appreciate feedback on -
    Most useful ideas to you
    What parts are entertaining/boring
    Speed at which material progresses
    Anything you'd cut/add?

    Generally people seem to dig these but I'd like to know these things so I can keep improving my content! :)

    Currently planned future lessons -
    Layering and soundscapes
    Guitar solos
    By The Ton detailed analysis

    Lesson 1 - Tritones in Neurotica/Stengah/Entrapment


    Lesson 2 - Diminished Scales in Demiurge/Swarm/Born In Dissonance/Bleed


    Lesson 3 - Chromaticism in Neurotica/Monstrocity/Dehumanization/I Am Colossus

     
  2. freepower

    freepower SS.org Regular

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    And now a titanic analysis of By The Ton, guitar pro files in the video description -

     
  3. gunch

    gunch chungus

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    Really awesome dude thank you
     
  4. Konfyouzd

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    I've heard other ppl give their best guesses on how Meshuggah was choosing notes but I was never quite sure if they were guessing or certain. I'll definitely be taking a look at this after work. Sounds very interesting.
     
  5. freepower

    freepower SS.org Regular

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    Thanks bud I'm doing my best! I've got a couple more to do then I'll branch out into some other artists. :)

    Lemme know what you think - I'm presenting what I think are some good guidelines for how they pick notes and I present my evidence in the form of the examples. :)
     
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  6. BananaDemocracy

    BananaDemocracy 8 String Impaler

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    Dude these are excellent

    Thanks for sharing your hard work

    I think it’s great

    You did an amazing job, and you seem like a genuinely positive nice person, like I actually said,”how does such a nice young lad know so much about the evil Tritones!??” Lol but no it’s a compliment

    Keep it comin
    (BTW are you in Berkeley or music college?)
     
  7. freepower

    freepower SS.org Regular

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    Ah cheers! I'm a pretty positive person when I get to nerd out about Meshuggah :p

    I'm taught guitar professionally for about 8 years, nowadays I work in tech. This is my way of keeping up my love of music and teaching ^_^

    I've been prepping the Meshuggah layers video and procrastinating the guitar solo analysis cause it's kinda intimidating, but I think I'll still probably end up doing it!
     
  8. Lorcan Ward

    Lorcan Ward 7slinger

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    I'm not sure where you'd start with breaking down the solos!
     
  9. freepower

    freepower SS.org Regular

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    I have plans and a big Google docs spreadsheet to help me! :D
     
  10. Joan Maal

    Joan Maal SS.org Regular

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    Great work !!

    Most people are unable to understand (or even imagine) that this type of music is much more elaborate, refined and advanced than all that shit that sounds on the radio
     

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