Sunday, May 27, 2012

THE DIMINISHED SCALE (WHOLE/HALF)

THE DIMINISHED SCALE (Whole/Half) is a very interesting sound.

It contains the intervals 1,2,b3,4,b5,b6,6,7,

If you visualize it running up a single string you can see that it is made of alternating 1 and 2 fret gaps.

One of the interesting results of this is that if you look at the diagrams below you will see that while it does have eight positions as would any eight note scale, you will see that it is just the same two shapes repeated over and over again.

Despite have eight notes in it THE DIMINISHED SCALE (Also Known as the Octatonic Scale) only has 2 modes. WHOLE/HALF DIMINISHED shown on this page and HALF/WHOLE DIMINISHED which you can find HERE.

The free guitar scale diagrams below lay out the scale for you all over the neck, as a four note per string three octave scale and as the eight three note per string patterns that will link together to let you play it all over the fretboard in any key.


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