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Double Dragon

Well, it’s Thag’s turn again, more rhythm. Today I’m gonna give ya some progressions, that are well… progressive in nature, no more of those silly little repetitious chord progressions like Olympian. What we’re gonna do today is dissect some music and just kinda get to know our chords on the fret board. Given that there’s a whole bunch of truly… "odd"chords we’re gonna break it up into musical phrases consisting of 4 or 5 measures, just so everyone stays with me.

The song we’re gonna hack our way into is the opening screen music for my favorite video game of all time Double Dragon. Yeah, it’s in B Minor, and from the acrades in the 80’s, Billy and Jimmy Lee on the nintendo and "Spike" and "Hammer" in the arcade. Now… why am I doing this? Because this piece of music, for all it’s complexity is rather simple and it sounds really cool. It’s got… "okay" supporting bass and drum work, but the relationship between the chords and the melody and or melodic counter points is actually quite astonishing.

So here we go then! the first couple bars of this magnificent piece:

Now, the second system there – bars 5-6 as the same stuff as bars 1-2 in the first system, they’re just in a different finger pattern on the fret board so dont’ worry – you’re playing right. Now the bars 7-8 are what we call a transition – it gets us ready for the next phrase. So yahoo for the lead track – kinda bland kinda stupid – don’t worry that’s just the first guitar. Check out the rhythm track though. And I said it wasn’t gonna repeat over and over again… I lied I guess… Anywho… see how they kinda work together there? Notice the bass line isn’t what you’d call… catchy? theirs a reason for that – the way this piece is played allll together, it actually sounds pretty cool. The bassist goes for the gusto later. Anyhow, now lets take a look at the same 8 bars again, but this time in terms of lead.

This is the minor third harmony thing happening over those odd looking chords, and this … sounds MUCH better. Check it out:

Alrighty, kinda cool huh, but not at all what your used to playing is it? Kinda linear, all stretched out, you’d have to slide to hit certain notes? Oh yeah, indeed it’s messed up. There are about nine different ways you could position that one to work, and for those of you who paid attention during the modal lessons, transposing the fingering patterns will be that much easier for ya.

As you can see here, we’ve got a minor third harmony, and as you’ll notice the top system is the minor third up from the B minor root. Works well over the chords, sounds much better, and isn’t harsh to the ears. Nice eh? So what happens now? We have our melodic counter points going on in bars 7-8 which the minor third up doesn’t play (it’s silent in bars 7-8) and we got our chords, and out bassist is an "eighth note wonder"… Well – The drummer comes in and kicks our ass! So here’s the main bit of rhythm, it comes in two sections which have different endings.

Fun fun, no? You betcha, we’re cookin with gas now. *l* So.. what goes on top of that? The melody ^_^ ready? The melody starts in bar 8 although the rhythm for it starts in bar 9, this is known as a lead in and it’s a commonly used thing so don’t fret the first to notes, just play em and pretend the melody starts on 9 because… o0 I said so!

Now put two and two together and tell me you don’t love videogame music! ^_^

Now, theirs one more part, but due to lack of time and effort (ya like that?)
It’s going to be he next lesson, reason is – I have to go to work ^_^ Take care

– Tachi

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