Diminished scale for jazz Improvisation licks and application

The most common concept for the diminished scale is to sequence or repeat a motif by a minor 3rd. Below is an example of this.

Below we see and hear “Tetrachords” repeated or sequenced descending with the minor 3rd interval creating a beautiful flowing jazz double timed improvised line.

the diminished scale descending in minor 3rds jazz improvisation

Guitar Tablature and notation of the above diminished scale motif descending in minor 3rds.

Guitar  diminished scale descending in minor 3rds in jazz improv

diminished lick number 2

Below is another set of four note “Tetrachord” groupings descending in minor 3rds from the diminished scale.

diminished scale jazz improvisation lick descending in minor 3rds

Guitar Tablature for the above diminished scale jazz lick

Guitar diminished scale jazz improvisation lick

DIMINISHED CLICHES FOR JAZZ IMPROVISATION

The next lick is a bit of a diminished cliche but it always works and is very useful when improvising in a jazz context.

Again, notice the descending minor 3rds and 4 note tetrachord groupings which is very common in jazz improvisation when doubling the time from 8ths into 16ths.

diminished scale jazz cliche lick in minor 3rds

Guitar tab and notation for the above diminished cliche jazz improvisation lick

Guitar  diminished scale jazz lick descending in minor 3rds

ascending minor 3rds diminished jazz lick

Lastly, we have a diminished scale idea/lick “Ascending” in minor 3rds. Again, a bit of a cliche but very useful for jazz improvisation.

diminished scale ascending in minor 3rds

Guitar tablature and notion of the above diminished scale jazz lick

Guitar diminished scale ascending in minor 3rds

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