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Hi, my name is Satan. I'm the devil and I'm really into diminished 7th 

arpeggios by going up and down them and harmonizing them in various ways. You can easily create cacophony is of Twisted Madness, you know music the reminds me of Home. In fact, the music you're hearing right now is composed of nothing but diminished 7th arpeggios.


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Hi, my name is Satan. I'm the devil and I'm really into diminished 7th

arpeggios by going up and down them and harmonizing them in various ways. You can easily create cacophony is of Twisted Madness, you know music the reminds me of Home. In fact, the music you're hearing right now is composed of nothing but diminished 7th arpeggios.

And as you can hear diminish can sound pretty demonic ha ha. So in order to teach you how to play the music of my people. I've temporarily possessed a Guitar teacher named Jake Lizzie. Oh, he's going to show you how to build these arpeggios how to play them and demonstrate the effects of harmonizing them in different ways. Take it away Jake.

Okay, so we're going to start things off with the music theory first how to build these things how to play them then will harmonize with them in different ways. You can hear what that sounds like and at the very end. We'll have a little bit more fun by taking that arpeggio passage and adding some drums and bass and trying to turn it into something actually musical.


So the music theory here first, what is a diminished 7th arpeggio that's easy to answer if you know what a minor third is a minor third is just a distance of three half steps. You can think that it's three Frets on your guitar. You can think of it as three keys on your piano just Three little notes. All right, and if you keep stacking up minor thirds, if you keep stacking up that distance of three Frets and three breaths and three Frets and three Frets you'll end up with all the notes of a diminished seventh arpeggio.

So for example, let's start on F. Okay, my first fret on the low string this notes F if I travel three Frets over it takes me to this nut. That's an A flat if I travel another three Frets it takes me to this note. That's a b and if I travel another 40 fights takes me to do so those four notes right there f a flat B d those are the four notes of the diminished 7th arpeggio.

If I go another three Frets if I go another minor third, it just takes takes me back to it another F. So after four notes, you just start repeating yourself. So there's really only four notes in this in this Corridor in this arpeggio.

Now, this is a silly way to play it. You don't want to be playing arpeggios up and down on your guitar like this. So we'll do it like this instead and this is the first shape. I want you to practice to be able to play these arpeggios.

It's a giant shape starting on my first fret I'll play my minor third with my pinky and then my first Finger just scoots up one string and over one fret and I get to do the exact same thing a little minor third right there change strings move up one fret use your pinky for the minor 3rd chain strings one for at use your pinky now to get the next ring. I have to move up two Frets and then I can resume the pattern of using my pinky and moving up one fret and using my pinky.

Okay. So the whole thing looks like this, it's actually a really simple shape to internalize because it's so symmetrical Oh, it's so easy to see it's just really hard to play especially down on these lower registers. You're moving a lot a lot of position shifting.

So I think of it more as a I like that that shape as a reference. It helps me figure out where I'm at and it's nice to see those minor thirds just stacked after it. But when I'm actually playing these arpeggios, I'm very rarely going up and down the entire thing.

Normally. What I do is use little bits of the arpeggio.

So I want to show you this shape instead.

I'll start it all started on F again just a different app. So this note right here on the 3rd string is my tenth fret that's an F. And what I want to do is I want to play my minor third.

The nice thing about diminished 7th is you always know where the next know it's going to be always going to be three Frets away. Okay. So here's my first note F. Here's my minor 3rd and then I'm gonna use my ring finger to play 12.

I'll use my first finger to play 10 and I'll use my pinky to finish off that little shape.

So I've got this little baby diminished shape just three little strings but very easy to play very easy to sweep through and get little different ideas going with that. Okay, there's another shape just like that that starts on just a few strings. Lower and I want you to know that one as well because it's easy to play and it gets the point across so the shape would look like this will start on F right here. This will be the 15th fret on the 4th Street and I'll do my minor third with my pinky and then I'll put on my middle finger and then my first finger and then my pinky and I can just go up so going up and down as good thing going just out or going up as another thing but really what this video is about is the joy of taking this These ideas stringing them together and then just harmonizing with them. It's really silly. I'm not going to lie. I mean this isn't the most practical kind of music but I still get such a kick out of doing this and like hearing what it sounds like, you know music can really be interesting especially when you experiment and do the stuff you're not supposed to do and it should go without saying you're really not supposed to write songs that are entirely based on diminished arpeggios.

But if you just do it for a little bit you might be surprised at all the cool stuff that happens. So here's the cool thing if I write something using one of these shapes. Okay. So like the simplest thing I could write is just going up and down. So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to put my pinky on a and I'm going to go down and up the arpeggio three times.

Then I'll do that exact same thing. Just three Frets higher and you'll see this video clip playing over it and you'll hear this video clip playing over so your hear what it sounds like when I take this shape and harmonize it with this shape and then I'll do it again three Frets higher and I'll do it again three Frets higher so you should hear what this whole thing sounds like when we harmonize it all four different ways. So I'm going to turn on my metronome will try this out for the first time.

One E and A two e and a three E and A 4.

Now three Frets higher and I'll play the clip in the background.

One, two, three four.

Now you're starting to hear what that Harmony sounds like when you harmonize in pure minor thirds. Now, let's add in the X 1. This will be harmonizing adding in a tritone one, two, three four.

And then the last one 1 2 3 4 so that is what all for harmonies would sound like if you take that simple idea and just move it up three Frets higher and do the same thing and harmonize that three Frets higher and harmonize that three Frets higher. It's really silly stuff. It sounds kind of chaotic but you don't have to harmonize it in these minor thirds like that. You can really experiment. I want you to hear what that exact same thing. Sounds like with major seconds. I think this is even more chaotic. You get a whole tone infusion into this diminished. Chaos. Take a listen.

Did you try something like a major third it actually brightens up this chaos a little bit and I think maybe the most practical application would be something like a perfect fourth. If you do with the perfect for if you can get something that's kind of progressive and open but still chaotic you're never going to escape the chaos of just these diminished seventh arpeggios.

So I find this stuff really entertaining. I'm not going to speak on how practical it is. There are moments where you do want this Briny bubbling really demonic sounds And I think diminished seventh is very very good for that.

Also, octatonic scales. I think are really good for something like that.

But this is more fun because it's so easy to harmonize with it. And if you've got another guitar player with you doing those same patterns, I mean, once you learn it in one spot, you just move it up three Frets and do it again and boom there's your Harmony. So it's very easy to harmonize with now during that ridiculous intro for this video. I have this arpeggio passage going on in the background. I let my my fingers right it instead of like having an intent. I just kind of said, okay what patterns were comfortable to play what works out? Where can I move? Too easily. What will I not have to practice that much and then afterwards I kind of do do so. Okay. We'll treat this like a measure of 7/8 will treat this like a measure of 5/8.

What I tried to do is I tried to reinforce some of these weird time signatures by adding in a drum beat that matches up with a Baseline and that Baseline is very simple. It's literally taking any note from the arpeggio and just treating it like the root because the weird thing about diminished 7th arpeggios is since they're symmetrical like that. Any one of the notes could have been the root. So for example, when I was playing this F diminished arpeggio at the beginning, I mean, yeah, it's a diminished because I started on athletic could have also been an A flat diminished arpeggio.

There's no differentiation between the notes.

Difference between the notes of the G flat diminished 7th and F diminished 7th. The only difference is what know that I start on so by having access to any one of those notes being the root it gave me a lot of freedom as a bass player to make an easy Baseline really my goal going into this was this is so silly and so crazy. Let's just try to make it simple on the other element. So have a baseline that just kind of helps reinforce the cords instead of going as crazy as everything else. Also during those odd time signatures sections. You can see I did more of that rhythmic pulsing. I think it's very helpful to not play a measure of teen as seven actual sixteenth notes, but maybe something like an eighth note an eighth note and a dotted eighth note that will give you three little pulses that add up to seven sixteen and I think that's a lot more interesting than just seven straight 16th notes like what was happening in my lead. So how practical is something like this that all depends on the kind of music you're into in the kind of music you want to write if you're big into writing country songs. This isn't going to help you that much but I still think it's fun to play around with an experiment with if you're into progressive rock or like, you know some sorts of metal than you Probably get a lot of mileage out of these ideas, especially if you put them down on the lower register and then that harmonizing technique playing around with the different ways to harmonize it. You're going to have an infinite variety of ways to sound confusing chaotic and disturbing you will find examples of this in like a lot of orchestral pieces and a lot of film score you'll hear these diminished clouds sometimes create little bits of anxiety and more importantly I hear him in little tiny bits.

Maybe just a measure of diminished you not not an entire piece and diminish but a lot of instrumental progressive rock songs in a Dream Theater and Symphony X you'll hear these diminished arpeggio is going up and down in Harmony and I just love the way that sounds there is a ton to talk about when it comes to diminished 7th arpeggios. This is just one little tiny way to view them playing them and just harmonizing them and sounding evil with them, but it's a fun thing to do with them. And if you're not too tight on your music theory maybe this can get you involved in starting to learn some of the theory and at least having fun and making some chaotic stuff with this. So if you liked this video and if you want to see more videos like this, please consider supporting my patreon page. There's a link in the description. Shouldn't and if you can't do that, just like subscribe comment favorite share all that stuff helps me out. Thank you for watching and I will see you soon.


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