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guest-Dave
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:22 am    Post subject: diminished scale Reply with quote

I am a little confused about the diminished scale. Is it half step whole step or whole step half step? It is my understanding that if I am playing over a, let's say, G7b9, I would start the scale on Ab and proceed half step, whole step, etc. Is that correct? If so am I playing an Ab diminished or is it a G diminished? Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may use either HW or WH depending on the situation.

Chheck this out:

http://people.uncw.edu/russellr/diminished.html
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the site, some good stuff there.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well over a G7b9, you would want to include G and Ab somehow - so the scale over G7b9 would be half-tone, whole tone, etc if you start on G (G, Ab, Bb, B, Db, D, E, F, G). This can be called the G diminished scale, OR the Ab diminished scale since both G and Ab diminished arpeggios are included. A guide to which one to use could be: do you want a natural 9 or a flat 9? (other notes change too, but that is one example). Of course any notes can sound good when you use them right, but this is theoretically the "right" way.
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