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Watch the Dim That Rake 'n Slide online guitar lesson by Ray Nijenhuis from 50 Western Swing Licks You MUST Know

What are you going to play when a diminished chord shows up in a tune and it’s your turn to come up with something fresh and interesting? This one works well when there’s an F diminished chord in the backing and you need to have some kind of cool lick at hand. But there’s another great application for this one: I’m sure you know that you can play any diminished 7th chord anywhere on the neck, then move it up or down three frets and you end up with the exact same chord, right? This means that you can play any cool diminished lick that has a relation to the particular chord involved, and have another lead player in your band double it three frets away from where you’re at. Now that’s instant twin part harmony guitar right there! You will hear the initial lick first. Then the same lick will be added but this time three frets higher up the neck. The third time the lick will be played three frets below the original lick. The result is a way cool three part harmony diminished lick.