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Diminished pattern going down

Posted on April 14, 2009 by Sweets

A sax player in New Orleans showed me this easy diminished lick. I asked him what diminished licks he knew and he was kind enough to share a few with me. I have more, but they will come in later posts.

Diminished pattern going down - Jazz lick 9

A sound sample played on trumpet:

Learn the pattern in 12 keys:

Since this lick is diminished, you’ll only need to worry about learning it in three different keys depending on what note you start on. Notice how this diminished pattern just leaps around minor 3rds with a whole step after each minor 3rd. As long as you get yourself familiar with the stacked minor 3rds of the three diminished keys, you’ll have no problems memorizing this pattern.

All you have to think is minor 3rd, whole step, minor 3rd, whole step. etc… and you got it.

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