How To Use the Diminished Scale In A Jazz Guitar Progression



How’s it going, guys? This is John McClennan
and I’m here with, bringing
you this video lesson. Today we’re talking about
applying the diminished scale over the V chord
in a II-V-I chord progression, which is a common
sound that you’ll hear in the jazz language. So
let’s dive right into the lick. Be sure to click
the link below for the tab so you can follow along.

The first part of this phrase goes over a D minor.
This is just a typical D minor lick that I’ll play.
It starts here on the 7th fret: 7-8-7-10-9-10-10-8.
And here’s where the diminished lick starts. This
will be 12-10-9-12-11-9-12-10-9-12-11-9 and then
you slide that down a half step. And then here you
just do a typical like voice-leading figure where
you’re outlining the 5th of C major 7. So you play
above that note and then you walk into it. That
would resolve there to the 5th. That bit right there
is using the diminished scale over the V chord.

So the whole lick, slowly, is like this. And then you
resolve on your C chord. So click the link below for
the tab and practice this and move it around. Play it
over as many different II-V-Is in all 12 keys and we’ll
see you in the next lesson. Thanks for watching.

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