#1
So if diminished is basically a note (I don't want to call it the root note because I'm not sure if that's true), then every note 3 semitones apart, like this on a single string:

e - 0 3 6 9 12 -

That would mean that this scale starting on an E would be the exact same as one starting on G, A#/Bb, and C#/Db, and considering the first note doesn't really resolve anything, they pretty much sound the exact same too.

So how am I supposed to figure out which key a diminished scale or arpeggio is in?
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#2
Umm, actually, the diminished scale is an octatonic (eight note) scale ascending in alternating whole and half steps. The half whole dim. and the whole half dim. scale.
#5
Ah, I just thought that because that was what my ear told me. It sounded diminished, and I didn't think any other notes fit. Thanks.

BUT, now let me rephrase my question, how can I tell what diminished 7th arpeggio I'm playing?
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#7
^ you choose the most sensible option. Name it after the clearest relationship to the key/chords/bass note and if that doesn't suit, after whatever you want. No-one's going to take you to court over this.
#8
Alright, well today I got a better answer from my teacher. He said that if say I'm playing an F# diminished arpeggio over an E minor chord progression, I should instead think of it as a B7b9 arpeggio, even though both are true. But thanks everybody.
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#9
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Name it after the clearest relationship to the key/chords




I said that already. Did he tell you what to call it when playing it over an F# diminished chord as well?

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#10
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I said that already. Did he tell you what to call it when playing it over an F# diminished chord as well?

Teach a man to fish...


Oooh, someone's jealous....

Nah, he started to tell this to me as we were running out of time, he said we'd go over it more next time.
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#12
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Then he did exactly the right thing.

I just had a lot of shit teachers, and want to save others the same experience.


Well this particular teacher has a shitload of knowledge, both with technique and theory. He's probably somewhere between 55-70 and specializes in jazz and classical.
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