O’Donnell/Salvatori – Halo Theme Sequence

This sequence is based on the haunting chant-like melody at the beginning of the theme song for Halo, written by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori.


Halo was released in 2001 with the launch of the Xbox and changed the video game world forever.

The game is set in the 26th century with the player controlling a cybernetically enhanced super soldier named Master Chief. Aided by the AI named Cortana, Master Chief is on a mission to prevent aliens from discovering the location of Earth.

Although the single player campaign mode was great, the multiplayer mode is what set Halo apart from other first person shooters. Xbox’s could be connected via ethernet cable, and LAN linkup parties became popular (at least for me and my friends).

Xbox Live was launched with Halo2, bringing Master Chief into the online gaming world, and paving the way for all of the more modern games.


Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori teamed up to make one of the best selling video game soundtracks of all time. The soundtrack features a variety of musical styles, but the gregorian-ish chant from the main theme is the most recognizable and noteworthy.

According to Martin, Bungie’s director of cinematics Joseph Staten asked for music that “give a feeling of importance, weight, and sense of the ‘ancient’ to the visuals of Halo.” I was pleased to read that members of the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Lyric Opera contributed their expert musicianship to the project.


The sequence is based on the famous chant opening. I highly recommend playing along to a drone set on the first note of each key. Strive for a ringing, vocal sound. Move through each phrase at your leisure, and linger on the last note of each phrase before continuing.

This sequence will improve your sound, intonation, and minor scales.

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Happy Practicing!

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