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Nijyo
post Feb 3 2009, 07:48 AM
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Hello, this is my first post, and I have a feeling that I'm simply missing something obvious.

I'm learning "Running Free" by Iron Maiden as a cover, and insofar as I can tell, the song is in E minor. However one guitar part does the interlude runs in the B Natural Minor and I'm not quite sure why it works?

Am I reading this wrong, perhaps, or am I missing something since its 12:20am?

Here's the GP file I'm using:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/i/iron..._guitar_pro.htm
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post Feb 3 2009, 11:41 AM
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Actually it isn´t correct. If you slow down the tempo, you´ll see that on that place it sounds very wrong.
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post Feb 3 2009, 01:37 PM
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I think your tab is good.
I listened to the track and they are playing in E Dorian which is a minor mode.
In fact B minor and E Dorian share the same notes...
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post Feb 3 2009, 11:38 PM
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QUOTE (David Wallimann @ Feb 3 2009, 05:37 AM) *
I think your tab is good.
I listened to the track and they are playing in E Dorian which is a minor mode.
In fact B minor and E Dorian share the same notes...
Hope that helps!


Hm hm. That seems to make sense.

I had the thought this morning (when my head was a bit clearer) that E to B is a fifth, so it would make sense that if both scales have the same notes, that they simply moved the run up a fifth for harmony purposes (this is early Iron Maiden and none had an extensive theory knowledge at the time, so plausible). What do you think?

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post Feb 4 2009, 12:42 AM
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I absolutely agree, and even if a little off, that scale does work after all, right? :-)


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post Feb 4 2009, 12:45 AM
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I think David is right here. Iron Maiden usually harmonizes guitar leads and chorus melodies by perfect 5ths or octaves and sometimes (later) in diatonic 3rds.


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post Feb 4 2009, 01:59 AM
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That makes much more sense to me now. Thanks everyone.
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