The Half-Whole Diminished Scale. Pt 2

In this lesson we're going to continue looking at the Half-Whole Diminished scale. We'll do that by taking the scale fingering we looked at in the first lesson, and then learning to play it using two different melodic patterns.

The Half-Whole Diminished Scale. Pt 2
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In this lesson we're going to continue looking at the Half-Whole Diminished scale. We'll do that by taking the scale fingering we looked at in the first lesson, and then learning to play it using two different melodic patterns.So ifyou haven't yet memorized the scale fingering from that lesson, then it's definitely worth doing that now before reading any further.

All done? Great! Let's now take a look at the first exercise...

C Half-Whole Diminished Scale: Melodic Pattern Exercise 1

This exercise is a great one to help you develop your alternate picking technique. It also uses some quite awkward fretting-hand movements in places. And if you use lots of distortion, like I did on the videos below, it can be a little tricky to play cleanly. So the usual advice of starting off super-slowly and gradually building speed is probably good advice to follow. :-)

Rythmically, the exercise is played using sixteenth-notes. This means that you will need to play four evenly-spaced notes per click of your metronome. With that said, I feel thatit's always a great idea to experiment with playing the exercise using different subdivisions. This helps you to become more rhythmically versatile, which can only help your soloing ability!

Let's now look at the second exercise...

C Half-Whole Diminished Scale: Melodic Pattern Exercise 2

Like the first exercise, thisone is played using sixteenth-notes. Butbecause ituses a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs,ithas a much smoother sound than the first exercise.

To play each six notefragment of the exercise you'll need to do the following...

  • Pick the first note using a downstroke.
  • Hammer-on the next two notes.
  • Pull-off the next two notes.
  • Pick the last note using an upstroke.

One thing to watch out forare the fingerings that I'm using on the thin E-string and theG-string. Have a look at the TAB nowand you'll notice that I'm using fingers 1,2 and 3 to fret the notes. This is what feels most comfortableto me for this exercise, but you might want to use fingers 1, 3 and 4 if my fingerings don't feel good to you.

A Few Last Words

I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Be sure to work hard at the exercises because in the third lesson I'll be giving you some ideas on how to apply the Half-Whole Diminished scale in your playing. And if you're struggling to physically play the scale, then applying it will be a lot more challenging!:-)

About The Author: Craig Bassett is a professional electric guitar tutor currently living in Melbourne, Australia. To get more free articles and lessons designed to help your playing, then be sure to subscribe to his electric guitar newsletter.

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    Justin141415
    I have been using tabs since I first started to play guitar, and the more I learnt about theory and music the less I want to hear about tabs, and I find myself wanting to not use tabs for much longer. Just hearing a guy say 7, 8, 10 on the low E string gets me wound up now. I want to hear B, C, D on the low E.
    stiklyman
    I can tell this has been well thought out. It gives you a few things to work on without being too little or too much. Thanks so much, Craig! You're a great player.
    ParkerThisIs
    "That last one was six notes per click, I just tried it to see if I could do it." Beast mode. Hahahahahaha.