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(@cryptastix)
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hey guys-

I need some info on which scales/modes are the most romantic. Ionian might work but it just seems a little too bright, maybe Lydian? opinions? other scales? ect.

will be most thankful :)


   
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(@noteboat)
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That's like asking which lug nuts make the fastest cars.

It's not the scale that creates the mood, it's how the notes are used.

What's a "romantic" melody? The first movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata? That's pretty much Aeolian mode.

So is Aeolian "romantic"? Well... the Funeral March from Chopin's second sonata is also in Aeolian mode. Just the thing to put your date in the mood, eh?

Maybe you had something like Tchaikowsi's First sonata in mind instead (the "Tonight We Love" theme). That's Ionian.

So is Ionian "romantic"? A lot of Sousa marches are in Ionian. So are lots of polkas.

So you tell me - which one's more romantic, tuba oom-pa stuff or dirges?

No one key, scale, or even tonality (major/minor) is better than another for romance. It's all in the hands of the composer.

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 BMG
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hey guys-

I need some info on which scales/modes are the most romantic. Ionian might work but it just seems a little too bright, maybe Lydian? opinions? other scales? ect.

will be most thankful :)

I agree with NoteBoat for the most part.

But, to get you started...you first have to find out about what the
"Romantic" era was about in Muisc as a whole.

After that...

Try some scales like Harmonic Minor, Overtone, modes like Phrygian,
...Phrygian Dominant....Neapolitan...and even basic Aeolian.

I linked a good scale/key search place some where in these forums.

BMG...learning player and composer of "Skulk Music"
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https://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15463&sid=6e3627fa64a182580482ae534c9a0dc8

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(@anonymous)
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d minor. it's the saddest of the scales.


   
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d minor. it's the saddest of the scales.
Actually...D minor and Aeolian (natural minor), as I mentioned,
are the same in alot of positions.

Just choose your key.

And though I agree in part, D Minor is sad/forlorn and I use it alot
myself as do the really great players, MacAlpine, Malmsteen,
Vai, Satriani, Lynch...I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the
"saddest of all".

(Not arguing here...just discussing...) :)

Try some of the scales and modes linked above.

There are some seldom-used, and therefore startle-lingly sadder
or maybe more off-kilter...eerie...scales and runs.

Trust your ears.

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(@demoetc)
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d minor. it's the saddest of the scales.

...I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why....

~Nigel Tufnel

Sorry, couldn't resist, and neither could you it looks like :)


   
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