Unraveling the Diminished Scale (Price Range: $6.95-$19.95)


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This extensive 5-Part series includes lessons ranging from learning the diminished scale to incorporating it on tunes. Included: 12 instructional videos, written instruction, several playalong tracks, and more. Transpositions included as needed.

View samples from the lessons in this YouTube video:


Part 1 – Learning the Scales
In this lesson, I’ll show you a system for learning the half-whole diminished scale and relating it to dominant chords.

Part 2 – Diminished Fluency
Four videos in this part teach you patterns based on diminished scale symmetry designed to build technical proficiency and an understanding of the shared scales. This will help you establish an intrinsic level of fluency with the diminished scale.

Part 3 – Diminished Application
Three videos in this part teach you the relationship between the half-whole diminished scale and dominant chords. You’ll learn to conceptualize components from the patterns in Part 2 in exercises and improvisation using play-along tracks based on Hot House (What Is This Thing Called Love) and Stella By Starlight.

Part 4 – Ascending Resolution with Enclosure
In this lesson, you’ll learn an ascending resolution of the diminished scale based on a passage from a Stanley Turrentine solo. I also divide the diminished scale into two groups of minor 3rds that set the stage for Part 5.

Part 5 – Diminished Chords and the Diminished Scale
Learn how diminished chords function and how to create diminished scale and arpeggio lines accordingly. In this lesson, I create phrasing examples using play-along tracks (included) for excerpts from the tunes, What Am I Here For?, Wave, and How Insensitive.

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Complete Parts 1-5:, Part 1: Learning the Scales, Part 2: Diminished Fluency, Part 3: Diminished Application, Part 4: Ascending Resolution, Part 5: Diminished Chords


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