A Diminished sound has a strong tendency to want to resolve.
When tension resolves, you have movement.
Here’s a super simple way you can insert Diminished sounds to your to create movement.
Here’s how to apply Diminished Sounds to your chordal arrangements
You can imply a Diminished Sound by playing a partial Diminished arpeggio shape.
On the bass, it’s actually easier to play partial Diminished chords. You don’t need play all four notes of the chord.
Partial shapes allow you move these chord shapes along your fretboard with ease.
Now that you have these shapes under your fingertips, apply to chordal arrangements.
You can do this by playing a Diminished Sound either a half-step below or a half-step above your target chord.
This harmonic concept is like the melodic concept of Approach Notes. The difference is that you are approaching chords instead of chord tones.
Here’s how you can practice applying Diminished Sounds
- You can practice this by first playing any set of chords you already know on the bass guitar.
- Then approach each chord with a Diminished Sound. This can be a partial shape.
- At first, do this with all the chords as an exercise.
- Use your ears to tell you when it sounds cool, or when it’s too much.
This concept isn’t limited to chordal arrangements. You can also use this when you are taking a solo on the bass.
To do this, try playing a diminished arpeggio to approach any arpeggios. You’ll make your lines longer and sound more interesting.
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Barry Harris’ concepts with Diminished chords sound very musical and are easy to apply on the bass. Check out this DVD on Amazon: Barry Harris: The Jazz Master Class Series From NYU