The Diminished Scale: A Modern Jazz Guitar Approach part 3 covers:

  • An introduction to the 20 four-note chords and an explanation of how they were derived
  • Introduction to the system for exploring the four-note chords as a primary chord paired with a sibling or secondary chord
  • Names for each four-note chord based on traditional names or variations thereof
  • Exploration of the 24 different versions of each four-note chord
  • Numerous musical examples for applying each pair of four-note chords 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
  • Discussion of adding a fifth note to four-note chords for a more dense texture
  • Mixture of open strings with fretted notes for more textural options, with examples from each diminished scale
  • 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
  • Bonus content written materials including a suggested system for learning and practicing the various four-note chords as they relate to the more familiar diminished seventh chord and a table comparing the 20 four-note chords in this class with the those in the set class list compiled by music theoretician Allen Forte, used by many contemporary classical composers and theoreticians.
  • Running time: 105 minutes
  • Includes 36 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, including full-length track for improvisation practice

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 3
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  1. 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.

  2. 5

    I hope nobody is getting skeptical at my generally constant raving about all of Tom’s classes, but every single one I have bought, including this tremendous Diminished Series, is superbly well organized, well- laid out, filled with new and unique ideas, and Tom has such incredible mastery of all the material that I have never once had a moments hesitation to buy as soon as I see a new offering, even though I am retired and living on a fixed income; these wonderful classes have a spot in my budget no matter what.

  3. 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

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