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Friday, October 31, 2014

excerpted from Diminished Licks Over an E7 Groove by Christopher Sung
 
When you're playing over a static type of groove, you can create some interesting phrases by using parts of the diminished scale to give your lines a unique flavor. All the examples in this lesson are for an E7 type of static groove. In this context, we can use the E Half-Whole Diminished Scale which means E, F, G, G#, A#, B, C#, D. In this first example, we use a John Scofield type of lick in measure 2 to really get things going...
 
 
 

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Jazz Blues Workout

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