Give your solos a sinister edge with the diminished scale

Fredrik Thordendal
Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah is a heavy user of the diminished scale (Image credit: Mark Horton/Getty Images)

The diminished scale is an interesting sound that provides a different sonic experience to the more typical modes. 

Its symmetrical nature lends itself to fusion music like that of Allan Holdsworth and progressive metal players such as Fredrik Thordendal and Jeff Loomis. 

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.