Part 2 - Melody

Other Scales

The Diminished Scale

The diminished scale contains a flat 3rd note (minor 3rd), a flat 5th note, and a double flat 7th note (compared to the major scale), so the step pattern is:

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Fingering for Root Note on 5th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the diminished scale falls anywhere on the 5th string.

Fingering for Root Note on 6th String:

This pattern can be used when the root note of the diminished scale falls anywhere on the 6th string.

This is a useful scale to know when changing keys in lead work. The diminished scale has a unique property in that the root, b3rd, b5th and bb7th will share the same notes across the four keys that these notes contain, for example:

Therefore only 3 diminished scales are needed to cover all twelve keys.

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