Lesson 43: Diminished

Here’s an intervallic diminished sequence I wrote when I was in Leipzig on a short avante-guard tour in the late 90’s.  We had many long days of doing nothing before the sound check and gig so I wrote this melody and put it through the keys to keep myself occupied and out of the bars.  The use of spread triads within the line helps creates a nice intervallic shape.

The melody is played  3 times in each key, each time it is displaced by one triplet (i.e. on the first, second and 3rd triplet of beat one of the bar). The melody is than played through the keys around the circle of 4ths.

I really enjoyed learning  several of  the great diminished sequences from the Nicolas Slonimsky book; mainly the ones that Coltrane made popular on recordings like Blue Trane.  After that I really wanted to try and come up with a few of my own ideas and build off what I had learned, this melody was one that stuck over the years.

~Enjoy!

Intervallic Diminished Sequence PDF

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