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[Study Pack] Diminished Scale Mastery

Original price was: $25.99.Current price is: $15.99.

For composers of any level, learning to use a diminished scale can be a game-changing experience. Owing to its dissonant character, we can use the diminished scale to outline chords that express tension or anxiety, or fashion counter-melodies that create a puzzling and mysterious vibe. A strong command of the diminished scale is an invaluable skill set when writing music for visual media. For larger-than-life action music, a simple array of notes from this scale can be used for frenetic string runs, combative bass ostinatos, or even as a melody.

 

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Overview

For composers of any level, learning to use a diminished scale can be a game-changing experience. Owing to its dissonant character, we can use the diminished scale to outline chords that express tension or anxiety, or fashion counter-melodies that create a puzzling and mysterious vibe. A strong command of the diminished scale is an invaluable skill set when writing music for visual media. For larger-than-life action music, a simple array of notes from this scale can be used for frenetic string runs, combative bass ostinatos, or even as a melody.

 

What’s Included

  • 2 Large Ens. Scores (Concert Pitch), 6 Separate parts  [PDF]
  • 8 Audio Files (Two complete musical compositions, 6 individual parts) [MP3/320kbps]
  • *Mini Book [PDF/24 Pages]: Comprehensive breakdown of the covered concepts, complemented by a detailed analysis of all musical examples.
  • Quizzes – Self-assessment quizzes are included for each study pack, allowing you to gauge your understanding of the content and enhance your comprehension.


*Mini Book provides a clickable URL that leads directly to the audio, enabling instant playback. Please ensure an internet connection is available.

Included in the package are downloadable audio files, music scores, and text analyses of the musical examples. Within this package, you’ll find the full-length editions of the lessons we covered (or will cover) in our posts. The topics covered here include:

  • Introduction to the Diminished Scale
  • Diminished Scale: Definition, Two Types, Pitch Collections (in 6 variations), and many more.
  • Composing with Diminished Scales (Ex. 4-1-G, Ex. 4-2)
  • Ostinato figures and runs (Str & WWs) used in Ex. 4-1-G (Ex. 4-1-A, Ex. 4-1-B. Ex. 4-1-C, Ex. 4-1-D, Ex. 4-1-E, Ex. 4-1-F)

 

*Audio playback of Ex. 4-1-G

 

 

Table of Contents

  • Diminished Scale (Octatonic Scale) 1
  • Introduction 1
  • Diminished Scale: Definition 2
  • Diminished Scale: Two Types 4
  • 1st Type: Whole-Half 4
  • 2nd Type: Half-Whole 4
  • Pitch Collections (in 6 variations) 5
  • Summary of Diminished Scales 8
  • Composing with Diminished Scales #1 (Ex.4-1) 9
  • Ex. 4-1-A (Ostinato Figure 1) 10
  • Ex. 4-1-B (Ostinato Figure 2 – Strings & Horns) 11
  • Ex. 4-1-C (Ostinato Figure 3 – Strings) 13
  • Ex. 4-1-D (Ostinato Figure 4 – Strings & Low Brass) 15
  • Ex. 4-1-E (Melody – Horns and Strings) 16
  • Ex. 4-1-F (Runs – Winds and Strings) 18
  • Ex. 4-1-G Composition Example #1 – Galactic Battle [AUDIO] 20
  • Composing with Diminished Scales #2  (Ex.4-2) 24
  • Ex. 4-2 Composition Example #2 – The Haunted Island [AUDIO]

Score Notations

  • To ensure brevity and clarity, we utilize “condensed scores” for large ensemble/orchestral compositions. For instance, instead of notating individual brass instruments separately, we condense them into a single staff labeled as “high brass.”
  • Certain musical notations, such as breath markings for winds and brass, harp tuning, piano pedaling, etc., are not explicitly indicated in the scores.
  • Most transposing instruments, like clarinets and horns, are written in concert pitch to avoid confusion. However, some instruments in our scores produce sounds at a different octave than written (e.g., the Contrabass sounds an octave lower, and the Glockenspiel sounds 2 octaves higher).
  • Whenever feasible, we include chord symbols in the scores to provide a summary of the harmony. However, in cases where the music doesn’t easily translate into traditional harmony, we omit chord symbols.
  • While percussion plays a vital role in many arrangements, our lessons primarily focus on harmonic concepts. Consequently, percussion notation is generally omitted.

 

Before You Buy

  • License – Personal use only. Do not distribute.
  • Each purchase allows for up to ten downloads. If you need additional downloads, please reach out to us here.

 

Additional Resources

Additional resources related to this topic (*video lessons, text analyses, score PDFs, and audio files) can be found on our partner site, Behindthescore.org.

 

Film Music Theory - Diminished Scale
[Study Pack] Diminished Scale Mastery
Original price was: $25.99.Current price is: $15.99.