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Understanding Diminished Chords and Diminished Harmony

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JGT video series of advanced instruction – Davy Mooney delves into his understanding of diminished chords and diminished harmony.

This lesson includes the use of the half-whole diminished scale on tonic to dominant resolutions and the occurrence and functionality of diminished chords in standard tunes. The video culminates with a chorus of Billy Strayhorn’s “Blood Count,” a tune with a pronounced diminished flavor.

Welcome to Advanced Improvisational Concepts by Davy Mooney professor of jazz guitar at University of North Texas.

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Check out Davy’s new album on Sunnyside, “Davy Mooney and the Hope of Home Band Live at National Sawdust”.

Davy’s Mel Bay book “Personalizing Jazz Vocabulary

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