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Diminished Scale Guitar Licks – Sequences 7, 8 and 9

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Diminished Scale Sequences For Any Scale Type

More diminished scale sequences for this week's guitar licks to give you a good picking workout and challenge your technique.

"But I never use the diminished scale..."

Ok, so you may be a rock player and the diminished scale is not exactly a sound that you can add into every solo to make you sound awesome. In fact, sticking the diminished scale into a solo just because it sounds clever could even get you fired from the band. So why practise the diminished scale?

I spent many years trying to make sense of the diminished scale. On one hand, it is easy! One basic pattern and simply repeat that pattern every three frets. You can reduce learning of the scale even further by playing a six-note unit and moving this all over the fretboard. This must be the easiest scale to play ever!

On the other hand, it is difficult to make the diminished scale sound good. Until you have a grasp on the sound characteristics of the diminished scale, it can sound... pretty awful.

So Really... Why Bother With The Diminished Scale?

Here's the thing... As the diminished scale can be repeated every three frets, up a flattened 5th, up a 6th, etc., it is easy to focus on patterns and allow your fingers to explore the entire fingerboard. You can easily work on patterns, sequences and other melodic tools, and easily cover your entire fretboard without worrying about the scale fingering in a new fretboard position.

This allows you to work on hearing intervallic patterns, contour, position changes, and a whole load of other areas that would otherwise require you to know different fingerings when playing other scales. This will disrupt the flow and divert your focus from freely playing your entire guitar fretboard.

Once you have the sound and feel of these, and other diminished scale sequences firmly in your head and fingers, it will then be so much easier to apply the sequences to other more commonly used scales.

Hungry For More Diminished Scale Sequences?

If I have whetted your appetite for diminished scale sequences and you would like more, check out my other blog posts - Diminished Scale Guitar Licks – Sequences 4, 5 and 6 and Diminished Scale Guitar Licks – Sequences 1, 2 and 3.

These also can be used to create some awesome-sounding licks over dominant 7th chords once you have them mastered.

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Diminished Scale Sequence 7

This sequence is being played over an alternating E7 and Bb7 chord pattern. When using the diminished scale over dominant 7th chords, the same sequence can be used over four possible dominant 7th chords. This lick can be used over the chords E7, Bb7, Db7 or G7.

Before you start randomly playing this sequence over dominant 7th chords at your local blues jam, remember the previous advice. The diminished scale needs to be played at a time that suits and usually the resolution will be the deciding factor as to whether the idea sounds good or not.

Please don't get thrown out of any blues jam sessions due to offensive and overused diminished scale sequences.

Diminished Scale Sequence 8

This sequence is being played over an E7 chord. Remember to experiment with the other three dominant 7th chord possibilities - Bb7, Db7 and G7.

This sequence is a great candidate for repeating every three frets and moving it around your guitar fretboard.

Diminished Scale Sequence 9

Once again, this sequence is being played over an E7 chord. All three of this week's guitar licks have been played over an E7 chord, so you should be able to easily mix them up and combine the ideas together to create ideas of your own.

This sequence clearly repeats an idea in three fret jumps. Learn the lick, but also move the idea up and down the fretboard to work on total fretboard coverage.

You should practise resolving these ideas to a consonant sound. If resolving to an Em chord, choose something simple to play on the Em chord, maybe the good old E minor pentatonic scale.

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