Change of Melodic Contour in The God That Failed Ex 2

The verse riff  is a variation in which the single notes are replaced by power chords, the descents initiate sooner (i.e. on the second sixteenth note instead of the eighth note), and the melodic intervals are shortened.  The “short” descents are condensed to a minor second (F5 to E5), and the “large” descent is shortened to a minor third (G5 to E5).  Similar to “Where the Wild Things Are”, the change in intervals invokes a new mode—the pentatonic minor feel of the original riff changes to a Phrygian sound with the introduction of the minor second of F to E.



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