Wicked Game - Is it really dorian?

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  1. jazztele

    jazztele Poster Extraordinaire

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    I dig that the tune is minor, but my ears only hear any kind of resolution on the E.

    The rest sort of floats.

    Which is probably why the song is so darn cool. It even ends on a Bm, but the vocals keep going and end on the melody they'd use over the E...
     
  2. historicus146

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    So what key is it? Bm?
     
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    It's three chords. Trust me. I used to have to play 'em in back of a microtonal clamfest. :lol:

    Bm/A/E. The song ends on E, which would suggest a resolution to E, but If you were to play the Bm blues box over it, it works.
     
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    Yes.
     
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    I hear the same thing. It's not so much a full resolution on the E as it is a brief pause to the brooding restlessness of the rest of the song. It resolves but not for long and it's not a deep or restful resolution...matches the lyrics perfectly

    bloody brilliant is what it is...
     
  7. tap4154

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    I don't know modes and basically play by ear, and never having even tried to play the song pulled it up on YT and found immediately Bm-A-E, and playing lead in Bm blues scale sounds right to me. Also using the relative blues scale (same patterns, three frets down) to add some "faraway" notes. IMHO, just using those two scales can cover it all, even if you don't know what mode you're in...

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    BTW, the poster "WickedGTR" actually played on the original tune?

    Great stuff! SO tasty.
     
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  8. tap4154

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    One thing I love about this forum is it's inspiration.

    I've always loved this song, but for some reason never tried to make up a simple arrangement, and now I'm getting a groove going with fills and melody lines. Also finding the way to substitute for not having a trem on the bent open B note...

    And turn up the 'verb! ;o)
     
  9. slowpinky

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    Bm to E via way of A .... Bm ... Dorian is a type of minor. If you hear Dorian.. I believe you.
     
  10. WickedGTR

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    I can detune the B tuner peg with the left hand and do the hammer on with the right hand, then bring the B back up to pitch... in a pinch.
     
  11. tap4154

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    That's 'cause you wrote da song! :D

    (edit: created the signature guitar parts that made the song IMHO, that is)

    Can't tell you how much I've enjoyed that song over the years. Every time it's aired, my ears perk up.

    It's brilliant, beautiful, and haunting. Just three chords, and nothing else but pure taste, and restraint.

    For my little hack version I'm working on, I'm just doing a half-step pull down bend on the D string 8th fret, to the B string 7th fret w/finger vibrato, then going on from there. Just trying to emulate your brilliance, in my own small way ;)
     
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  12. jbmando

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    Chris wrote it.
     
  13. WickedGTR

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    Thanks Tap....

    And just for fun, there's this:

     
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    WickediPhone.
     
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  15. jbmando

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    Interesting.
     
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    The Key is E, that is home and where the song resolutes. If you want to solo over it and keep that melancholy indian/middle eastern feel to it, do not hit the D# in E major, it will coclk the feel right up, just solo in A major, use any note of A major with any of the 3 chords in this tune and you'll be on the right track.
    Gawd knows what mode that is but thats the way I feel this song anyway.
     
  17. jbmando

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    Resolutes? Is that something like "resolves?" Anyway, nope. Bm. i VII IV.
     
  18. Chris S.

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    I think this was argued pretty thoroughly when the thread was first posted... over three years ago. :rolleyes: Zombie closed.
     
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