There are two forms of the diminished scale, and both of them are referred to as symmetrical scales due to their alternating pattern of whole steps and half steps. Unlike the asymmetrical modes of the major and melodic minor scales which feature seven notes, the whole-step/half-step diminished scale contains eight notes. It is constructed of a root, major second, minor third, perfect fourth, diminished fifth, minor sixth, major sixth, major seventh, and perfect octave. Beginning on C, the whole-step/half-step diminished scale is spelled C-D-Eb-F-Gb-Ab-A-B-C.
The whole-step/half-step diminished scale is played over the fully diminished chord type (dim7).
Due to its symmetry, there are no avoid notes in the diminished scale or diminished harmony. Because everything can be repeated at a minor third interval in diminished harmony, any line that you improvise with a diminished scale on Cdim7 can also be played on Ebdim7, Gbdim7, or Adim7. Although the whole-step/half-step diminished and half-step/whole-step diminished scales are used on different chord types, they are really the same scale which begin on a different note. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
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