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Watch the Dominant Blues Progression online guitar lesson by John Stowell from Modern Jazz Progressions

The diminished chord as an altered dominant chord occurs twice in this progression, as B diminished (G7flat9) resolving to C minor, and as F sharp diminished (D7 flat9) to G minor.

If a diminished chord appears in a progression a half step below a chord, it can be interpreted as a V of the chord which follows it.

Being able to access small variations in a progression and focus on harmonic detail will help you to create variety in your solos.

Having a number of options is useful, especially when taking multiple choruses on a short song form like the blues.