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SHORT CHORDVERSATIONS #12 - AMPLIFIED DIMINISHED (A NEW LOOK AT DIMINISHED CHORDAL STRUCTURES)
by Hristo Vitchev
Part 12 concentrates in exploring the many different ways in which we can extract chordal textures from the "whole step-half step diminished" scale. Many guitar players depend too much on the basic non-invertible diminished chord voicings that repeat in minor 3rd intervals on the fretboard with exactly the same fingering, but the diminished harmonic landscape is so much richer and more captivating than what these harmonic structures have to offer.
In this study and in-depth video masterclass I illustrate 7 of my favorite ways to re-interpret the whole-half diminished scale harmonically and use these new chord voicings to not only amplify our diminished chord dictionary but also to re-imagine our dominant 7 harmonic palette.
There are many more ways in which we can practice and implement this material but the ones included here should be enough to get you started on your own harmonic journey.
"Amplified Diminished" chordal study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation).
55 mins. "HD" Video Masterclass.
Backing Track (G7 harmony).
MODAL FOCAL POINT #3 - SHINKANSEN
by Hristo Vitchev
In this short melodic study I seek to explore the many interesting and creative ways through which one can practice to develop new phrasing ideas on the instrument by combining materials and concepts from the many different melodic studies/books I have published over the years.
To me, this is a fun way to develop improvisatory vocabulary by crafting intricate phrases from the different building blocks that I am currently practicing.
In Part 3 I present a very challenging melodic line over a ii-V7-i progression in C minor. The phrase is designed to work on improving "4 Note Sequences" within the melodic minor scale. There are different ways in which the sequences within the melodic passage are offset against the downbeat to produce a different rhythmic feel and partition of the line.
"Modal Focal Point #3" Study (PDF file - TAB and Standard Notation).
"HD Video" of Melodic Idea (at tempo & slowed down).