Skip to content →

3NPS Diminished Scale Patterns – Why Not?

I recently had a request for some 3NPS diminished scale patterns of the half-whole and whole-half variety. If you’ve ever studied the 3NPS (3-note-per-string) patterns, you’ll usually find there are 7 of them to learn; however, if you look at them closely, you’ll find that 4 of these patterns are pretty much redundant as far as covering the notes on the neck goes, leaving you with 3 that are actually worth learning. You can see this in action in our free 3NPS scales book.

What are diminished scales?
Diminished scales are 8-note symmetrical scales that come in two varieties, the half-whole (aka the dominant diminished scale) and the whole-half (aka the diminished 7th scale); this simply refers to their pattern of whole and half-steps.

What are diminished scales used for?
The half-whole diminished scale can be used to create tension over a dominant 7th chord, while the whole-half diminished scale can be used over a dim7 chord. You can also use diminished scales in a blues and one the great exponents of this is Robben Ford, who has a great course on Truefire called Solo Revolution: Diminished Lines.

The half-whole diminished scale has the interval structure 1 b2 #2 3 #4 5 6 b7, though you’re better off writing it out as 1 b9 #9 3 #11 5 13 b7 so that you can match it up to the chords you know. The whole-half diminished scale contains the intervals 1 2 b3 4 b5 #5 6 7, though again you should write it out as 1 9 b3 11 b5 #5 13 7 for chord-matching purposes.

Back to the 3NPS patterns
While you decide how and where to use it, check out the 3NPS patterns for these diminished scales. What’s interesting here is that our 3 patterns are actually only 2 and repeat alternately up the fretboard.

Have fun with these, use sparingly when playing live and remember that the challenge here will be to resolve the tension created for your audience’s sake!

3NPS Half-whole Diminished Scale

3nps half-whole diminished scale

3NPS Whole-Half Diminshed Scale

3nps whole-half diminished scale

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Xrp
  • Bitcoin cash
  • Litecoin
  • Tether
  • Cardano
  • Dash
  • Monero
  • Stellar
  • Neo
  • Nano
Scan to Donate Ethereum to 0xce9ddc43f3fd81074652991d161be37cc641da66

Support us by donating some Ethereum to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Ethereum

Scan to Donate Xrp to rLSn6Z3T8uCxbcd1oxwfGQN1Fdn5CyGujK

Support us by donating some Xrp to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Xrp

Tag/Note:- 72456821
Scan to Donate Bitcoin cash to 35DvF8RMKbKnufPd4yKdAAKNt3quCvn4GK

Support us by donating some Bitcoin cash to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Bitcoin cash

Scan to Donate Litecoin to MMxEJDz5MWiw2WGftJLPApTSjSoXnJtXtM

Support us by donating some Litecoin to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Litecoin

Scan to Donate Tether to 0x23c7A7985a9Bc3d0320839CA75b7ec7ABA1C66d9

Support us by donating some Tether to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Tether

Scan to Donate Cardano to Ae2tdPwUPEZMtA193syAR9pCFPdFtv9HKQNfdCLcQphVZEV2uhFhTnLMGtj

Support us by donating some Cardano to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Cardano

Scan to Donate Dash to XvuQfhUWV2WXAvtda5Ya2645Tu2ZCzDEU2

Support us by donating some Dash to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Dash

Scan to Donate Monero to 47s7YYjJJb9GVL6USvT4M59ovwRvZbwruMdDJGhuG5m23V9vsm9SCy59obfkbEd5S9cWiV2WJ3Zt2T8dKbCoFQmdUX7byy5

Support us by donating some Monero to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Monero

Scan to Donate Stellar to GBRX6VYQHH3KHHTLNO2JMVP6UWJURIA6NDFP4HZ73UG6MTVWSLOYJANP

Support us by donating some Stellar to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Stellar

Scan to Donate Neo to AX6xhcjej6nkc4HBNJ2Aiu473zm5q1XEEz

Support us by donating some Neo to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Neo

Scan to Donate Nano to nano_391jywfffefzwhtkmmedshparnejrnpfq9gjbyuafdfqsoxdkedb1hah4x8w

Support us by donating some Nano to this site

Scan the QR code or copy the address below into your wallet to send some Nano

Published in 3 Note Per String Scales Diminished Scales Exotic Scales Scale Patterns Scales

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *