Learn A Simple Way To Apply Diminished Sounds To Your Bass Playing

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This bass lesson shows you a simple way to start to use diminished chords in your chord progressions and melodies. In this video I will show you a simple way you can start applying diminished chords to your bass playing.

How To Apply Diminished Chords To Chord Progressions And Melodies

One of the simplest ways to start applying diminished sounds into your bass playing is to approach your target chords or target tones using a diminished shape a half-step below.

For example: If your target chord is a G major chord, you would approach that chord using an F# diminished chord.

How To Practice Applying Diminished Chords

Here’s how you can start practicing approaching target chords using diminished chords.

Start out by playing the chord for every scale degree.

For example: For a G major scale, you will have this chords: G major, A minor, B minor, C major, D major, E minor, F# half-diminished

The next step is to play a diminished chord a half-step below each chord.

For example: F# diminished > G major, G# diminished > A minor, A# diminished > B minor, B diminished > C major, C# diminished > D major, D# diminished > E minor, F diminished > F# half-diminished


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