Half/Whole Step Diminished Scale

Certain scales are especially suited for constructing chromatic phrases, and the half-whole step diminished scale is particularly handy.

Half-whole step diminished scale

Example 1  is based on the fact that each shape from the half/whole step diminished scale can be repeated a minor third apart. So these phrases are all Major 3rd arpeggios ( CMaj, EbMaj, GbMaj and A Maj) repeated a minor third above the previous.

improvising with C h/w step diminished

Example 2 is mixing up the approach to the scale by using intervals instead of scale phrases.

Diminished scale Improvisation ex.2

Example 3  Naturally other concepts can be combined with the half/whole step diminished scale to create chromatic phrases,  this example includes a passing note (g# the #5).

improv with h/w diminished scale 3

Example 4 

C half/whole step diminished, moving a phrase chromatically down the scale.

diminished scale improv 4

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