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Dealing with the 3rd: Anatomy of distorted chords and subsequent compositional features in classic heavy metal

  title={Dealing with the 3rd: Anatomy of distorted chords and subsequent compositional features in classic heavy metal},
  author={Esa Lilja},
Because of the use of guitar distortion, chords used in heavy metal are much more complex than the fingered guitar positions would indicate. Due to harmonic partials generated by distortion most chords have a major quality. However, heavy metal is mostly constructed on minor modes regarding the scalar construction. This creates an apparent modal dichotomy between the vertical and the horizontal harmonic construction. This article discusses acoustic characteristics of distorted guitar chords and… 

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