Diminished Madness – Just For Fun

Diminished Madness – Just For Fun

I was messing about with Garage version today, as you can have both the Copper and Silver Synths available in this version, so wondered if I could do a diminished thirds harmony scale run – same as one I practise occasionally on guitar, as it’s a fun mode to mess with, being completely symmetrical – but with the different sounds the synths have, playing together. This also reminded me to try to see if I can import the Copper synth into the HipHop3 version somehow for use there.

I dropped the BPM to 60 minimum for Garage (as usual for clarity to hear the notes), then visually worked out what notes, 3 semitones apart, with the right colours, need to be set for each scale, harmonised 3 semitones apart, for this descending pattern to work, which are:

It goes like this:

DimMadness.mp3

I think I’ve missed a note order or two, but what the…

Here it is at 120 BPM:

DimMadness120.mp3

And for total madness – at 240 BPM max:

DimMadness240.mp3

Even Steve Vai might find that tricky to keep up with…?

Hmm, sounds like challenge to someone now eh?

I’ll probably get lots of guitar egos sending their comments now – “yeah – I can play that fast with my toes mate – whilst asleep” etc…

Good for you, Old Bean!

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Addendum:

This Post gave me the idea to do a chord/scale series using the synth, as a permanent record of some different scales and the notes comprising them, so as an addition to this – then I wont have to cover this scale again – I recorded some guitar practice exercise ideas people may find useful, to go on and develop your own. It also made me realise how out of practice I am on guitar , and that my timing sucks…it is so important to play to a keyboard/drum machine for that.

It is an important scale to learn, as it is a major “gateway” from blues to jazz (amongst other things) when played over the top of key changes say, the 5th Dominant 7 chord in a 12 bar blues for example.

Here is a REALLY quick and dirty example of this:

DimBlueG7.mp3

BTW – the distortion was added to a very weak clean sound via the guitar FX drop down menu.

Most importantly though, it is a really FUN scale to mess about with and invent your own symmetrical melodies, with the added benefit of getting your timing and alternate picking technique better, if you use it. I hope the example shows the “floating” semi-definable nature of this scale, as it covers 4 key centres in one scale, as 3 semitones divides into 12, 4 times, so it always “belongs” to any 4 keys at once.

I may cover how this scale was “discovered” in a new Chord/Scale series as I get round to it along with everything else I’ve stacked on my plate lately!

DimGuitarExamples120BPM.mp3

..incorporating Thumbelina and Crusty’s The Clown’s off day.