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Dobro Lessons: Diminished Scales and Chords

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[MUSIC]
In this lesson, let's talk a little
bit about diminished scales and chords.
The diminished sound is a really
ear-catching sound and can be used for
a variety of different things.
The sound I'm talking about is this.
[MUSIC]
So, a diminished chord is,
basically can be substituted for a 5
chord.
[SOUND] It can resolve, it can create a
lot of tension, and
then resolve to like a major chord.
So, let me just show you a basic
diminished pattern,
you can refer to your music for this.
[MUSIC]
Now the interesting thing about
a diminished chord is there's not really a
root note, they, the chord,
the diminished chord kind of cycles around
itself.
[MUSIC]
And so, the way I tend to think of it is,
[SOUND] I use the top two strings as the
basis of,
for my diminished chord,
[MUSIC]
these two notes, and then this note.
[MUSIC]
So, that's your basic diminished triad.
[MUSIC]
It looks sorta just like a major triad
except you're raising the root note.
So if this, if I were in B,
[MUSIC]
B major, I raise the B to a, B flat,
excuse me, major,
[SOUND] I raise the B flat to a B,
[MUSIC]
play the other two notes as B flat, and
I've got a B diminished.
[SOUND] It's essentially a B minor with a
flat 5.
[MUSIC]
And then I can move that up three frets,
and it's all the same notes.
[MUSIC]
So, that's sort of how it's used,
I'll show you an example of where I might
use it.
I'm gonna go from a G chord to a C chord,
and on that C chord,
I'm gonna use this diminished scale to
then get me back to the G.
So, here's an example.
[MUSIC]
So what I was doing there is,
once I got to the C, I was just using my
top two
strings to create a diminished sound by
playing [SOUND] the C,
two notes in C going up three frets, mm
another three frets.
[MUSIC]
And by the time I get here, I've got my
eye focused on G on the twelfth fret, and
I might go up another three frets.
[MUSIC]
But I know where my end point is, so,
when you get into using the diminished
scales or chords, a lot of times,
it's not an end of itself, it's trying to
get you somewhere,
it creates tension, and then when you
resolve it, it's really nice.
So, once again, G to C to G using some
diminished.
[MUSIC]
So that's one way that this can be used,
it can substitute for a 5 chord as well.
[SOUND] If you're in the key of G, and
you look at [SOUND] a couple notes here,
[MUSIC]
if you look at an F sharp diminished, so
you play your F sharp note,
[MUSIC]
and use this diminished chord,
[MUSIC]
you notice that it's all the same notes as
would be in a D7 chord.
[MUSIC]
So you can use it to
resolve to other chords.
Now, I've got some exercises here, I've
got the chords written out,
you can take a look at it, do a little
experimenting, and
see how you can incorporate some of these
diminished ideas.
[MUSIC]