Phil Short gives an introduction to using both the whole-half and half-whole diminished scale patterns in this short electric guitar lesson. If you’ve never dipped a toe in diminished waters, this is the perfect starting place and will soon have you adding some George Lynch and Marty Friedman-style spice to your lead solos! Phil’s go-to Elixir Strings are the OPTIWEB Coated electrics.
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Some of the most useful “exotic” scales for guitarists to add to their vocabulary are the diminished scales. They immediately add a distinctively aggressive, mysterious sound to solos and work great in rock and metal situations and more. But diminished scales can be intimidating to start with.