How To Sound Spooky and Mysterious: Metallica, X-Files, Bartok

Tommaso Zillio

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Metallica's spooky arpeggios

Halloween is coming, and it's time to learn how to play some mysterious and threatening music!

It all starts with a simple question: what do Metallica, the X-files theme, Pink Floyd and many others have in common? They all use the same super-simple music theory trick to create a spooky and dangerous ambience in their music.

In this video I do a rapid analysis of few of Metallica's clean arpeggios, and some songs of other authors, featuring Pink Floyd, Tori Amos, Bela Bartok and of course the X-Files theme! They all use the same trick to create that mysterious sound.

At the end we are going to see how you can use this trick in your music WITHOUT outright copying those songs. Get ready for Halloween:

This is one of those cases where a little music theory goes a LONG way, isn't it?

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