Change of Melodic Interval in Where the Wild Things Are

In the song “Where the Wild Things Are” from Reload, the melodic quality of the riff is affected by a change in the interval of a particular melodic movement.  The main riff appears after the introduction, and it is distinguished by the half-step descent of F to E.  Both notes are harmonized by B above—the diminished fifth caused by F and B (Bdim5/F) is resolved when F descends to E, in which case the B and E create a perfect fifth (E5). These dyads are played in the register an octave above the low E string.



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