Did you know that you can play any diminished lick over 8 different chords?

This video demonstrates the same diminished lick over 8 different chords!

This video is Part 2 of a 2-part series which demonstrates the concepts behind 5 Useful Diminished Licks.  You can find the first video and a PDF of the sheet music at our 5 Useful Licks from the Diminished Scale (Part 1).

The 3 diminished scales are connected to these groups of 8 chords:

  • C half-whole diminished scale and C13b9, Dbdim7, Eb13b9, Edim7, F#13b9, Gdim7, A13b9, and Bbdim7 are all connected.

  • F half-whole diminished scale and F13b9, Gbdim7, Ab13b9, Adim7, B13b9, Cdim7, D13b9, and Ebdim7 are all connected.

  • G half-whole diminished scale and G13b9, Abdim7, Bb13b9, Bdim7, C#13b9, Ddim7, E13b9, and Fdim7 are all connected.

C half-whole diminished, F half-whole diminished, and G half-whole diminished are representative of the 3 diminished scales.  Actually, C, F, and G have been arbitrarily chosen as the roots to these 3 diminished scales (or diminished pitch collections, if that is less confusing).

Really, there are 8 different scales that all have exactly the same notes as the C half-whole diminished; there are 8 different scales that all have exactly the same notes as the F half-whole diminished; and there are 8 different scales that all have exactly the same notes as the G half-whole diminished.

C half-whole diminished is the same notes as in:

  • Db whole-half diminished,
  • Eb half-whole diminished
  • E whole-half diminished
  • F# half-whole diminished
  • G whole-half diminished
  • A half-whole diminished
  • Bb whole-half diminished.

F half-whole diminished is the same notes as in:

  • Gb whole-half diminished
  • Ab half-whole diminished
  • A whole-half diminished
  • B half-whole diminished
  • C whole-half diminished
  • D half-whole diminished
  • Eb whole-half diminished.

G half-whole diminished is the same notes as in:

  • Ab whole-half diminished
  • Bb half-whole diminished
  • B whole-half diminished
  • C# half-whole diminished
  • D whole-half diminished
  • E half-whole diminished
  • F whole-half diminished.

For more information, visit my post on the Secrets of the Diminished Scale.

-Camden Hughes

30 Stepsto Better Jazz Playing

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