Movable Motives – Diminished Scale
This article will explore the use of movable motives in the diminished scale. The motive we will explore first has a tritone on the top, then a M3 and a M2 or a P4 and a m2. Since the diminished scale is symmetrical its motives break down into pairs. I will call these first position and second position, rather arbitrarily. Just orient yourself by the half-step or whole-step and you should find it rather intuitive. The more diminished scale patterns you play, the more intuitive the whole scale and sound becomes. Have a look at the following over a vamp of D7#9 or D13b9.
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