Watch the Symmetrical Diminished online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter
Here in a blues context symmetrical diminished can be played where ever a IV7 chord appears in the changes. It’s almost a guarantee this will inject a hefty dose of cool when you’ve mastered this approach especially when you come up to some cool sequences based off the cyclical fingerings displayed in the PDF chart. As stated in the previous segment though, just don’t forget to land. Meaning, don’t get lost in the idea and not nail the transition to the next chord. Coming out of a IV7 chord with a symmetrical diminished scale, no matter what change awaits you, will not work horizontally over the chord follows. And, nothing kills a bold move such as this quicker than dropping the ball like that. Don’t be that guy!