The Diminished Scale Pattern That EVERY Jazz Player Should Know

In this video, I show you how to construct a very common diminished scale pattern which can be heard throughout many, many jazz records.

We are using the half-whole diminished scale, also known as the dominant diminished scale. Diminished scales are symmetrical. This means that we can create some very interesting, repeating patterns. It also means that there are only 3 different diminished scales. It's worth getting familiar with the different families of diminished scales so you can make the most of this pattern!

You can use this pattern over diminished chords or dominant chords. It sounds great over dominant chords and adds a bit of tension whilst improvising. Practice incorporating it into your dominant improvisation!

Lesson Summary:

  • Quick review of the half-whole diminished scale
  • Get a step-by-step breakdown of the pattern
  • Learn which dominant chords you can apply the pattern over

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