The Diminished Scale: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach part 2 covers:

  • An introduction to the 14 triads and an explanation of how they were derived
  • Introduction to the system for exploring the triads as a primary chord paired with a sibling or secondary chord
  • Names for each triad based on traditional names or variations thereof
  • Exploration of six different versions of each triad: three inversions of close position, three inversions of open positio
  • Numerous musical examples for applying each pair of triads both harmonically as chords and melodically as arpeggios
  • Examples using many different ideas for creative application of the material, including various string sets, combinations of chords/arpeggios, and varied melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic permutations
  • Sample single-note and chord-based lines from standard chord progressions that give real-world examples of integrating these diminished sounds into improvisations in an organic, flowing manner
  • Running time: 90 minutes
  • Includes 19 pages of written examples and exercises
  • All musical examples from the video are provided in music notation, tablature, and chord grid form.
  • Each example performance in the video is titled and numbered for easy navigation.
  • MP3 backing tracks for written examples

3-Part Series

Class one of this series concentrates on the basics of the diminished scale, how and when to use it, and how to weave it organically into single-note improvisations.
Class two covers all 14 triads and/or three-note structures within the diminished scale, how to find them and voice them on the guitar, and how to use them for comping and soloing.
Class three locates and investigates all 20 four-note chords or structures from the diminished scale and presents them in a guitar-friendly context that will make them easy to implement for comping and soloing.

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The Diminished Scale: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach - Part 2
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  1. Great explanation & great playing


    An icredible broad subject is here boiled down to a good sounding system.
    A fantastic course of reference and inspiration.

  2. 5

    Tom’s Diminished Course provides all you need to know about subject. Look no further. This 3 volume series covers it all.

  3. 5

    This whole series on the Diminished scale is fantastic! Tom is a master teacher. He has a way of making everything very easy to understand, even when dealing with complex subjects. He gives plenty of examples which are by themselves excellent means to digest the material, while on the other hand it’s easy to figure out new ways for practicing these exercises, in order to personalize them according to your own level and interests. I own several of Lippincott’s videos and they all have the same level of excellence.
    I am a practicing musician and a college professor, and these teachings serve me well in both areas. I find it easy to know how to apply these concepts to my own playing (I’ve been playing for almost 30 years), but I also easily adapt the same concepts to teach my beginner/intermediate students. The method of organization has helped me in organizing my lessons better.
    I could not be happier with these courses!
    These videos are worth so much more than the price you pay for them.

  4. 5

    Like Tom’s previous lessons, I’ve found all three of his latest lessons based on the Diminished scale to be excellent value. He presents the material in a very comprehensive and clear manner. I have never been disappointed with any of his lessons.

    Highly recommended

    Thanks again Tom and Mike.

    Pat Lajoie

  5. 5

    Great concept and great help for intermediate and advance players to get into the modern jazz sound.

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