Regressive Form (Heavy Metal Band Version)

Uploaded on Aug 9, 2017

This is the first time I've rearranged one of my own works I've previously published on Musescore.

"Regressive Form" quickly became one of my favourite compositions, and its appeal has been enduring for me. Maybe it's the eclectic blending of forms. Maybe it's the aggressive heavy metal melody. Maybe it's the speed and energy. (You can listen to the original at https://musescore.com/user/9996931/scores/2709726.)

So I figured that it's about time this piece finally became playable by a heavy metal band.

I made this arrangement for Community Remix Competitions' Competition #2, which you can read about in https://musescore.com/groups/remixcomp/discuss/4340876.

I had to shift around some octave voicings and notes because they fell out of the range of the guitars and bass. Yes, even though I made the rhythm guitar use Drop D tuning and the bass use Drop C tuning, some notes were still too low. Several notes were also too high for the lead guitar--note the changes to the solo in Bars 148-149.

All those octave shifts gave me the opportunity to spice up the chorus's last hurrah (starting on Bar 203) by dropping the melody an octave the first time around.

You guessed it--get your drum kit with a double bass pedal (or two bass drums) for this piece. It's standard for heavy metal nowadays. Whenever you see two bass drum note heads on the same stem, use both feet. Again, I recommend alternating feet for consecutive single bass drum eighth notes (at least for the most part).

If anyone ever actually plays this, feel free to cut any notes that make the music sound too muddy. The first several bars might end up needing this...

If you've looked at the original, you know the drill for play tips for this version. The repeat is mandatory because this song wants to repeat its first verse and chorus, emphasize the first note of each beamed group, blah blah blah...

Tell me how exhausted the drummer will be after the band finishes playing this piece.

And tell me which heavy metal subgenre(s) this piece is actually in.

(Structure: Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Solo-Verse-Chorus (Modified)-Coda)

heavy metal sonata-allegro piano progressive metal? thrash metal? thrash? prog death metal? neoclassical metal? Community Remix Competitions arrangement rearrangement band version verse-chorus

Pages 37
Duration 04:20
Measures 266
Key signature 1 flat
Parts 4
Part names Guitar(2), Bass, Percussion
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