Negotiating Passing Diminished Chords
There is a lot of uncertainty that surrounds diminished chords. How do they work exactly? What chordscales do they take? How do you improvise over them? Gain some insight into these questions through an examination of Red Garland's solo over the changes to the standard tune "It Could Happen to You" from the recording "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet" from 1956. This lesson will show you a couple of his strategies for negotiating passing diminished chords and how you can adopt them to your own solos so you can finally dispel the mystery of these chords once and for all.
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Introduction Transcription
Practice Session 2 - Improvising with Diminished Chord Arpeggios
Practice Session 3 - Improvising with Diminished Chordscales
Practice Session 4 - Reharmonizing Diminished Chords with Dominant 7b9 Chords
Listen to Red Garland's solo over "It Could Happen to You" from the recording "Relaxin' with the Miles Davis Quintet" from 1956.