Diminished

Category: Theory

Description: A diminished chord is a type of chord that contains a minor 3rd (three half steps above the root) coupled with a diminished 5th (six half steps above the root). It has a distinctive timbre: tense, dark, and unstable sounding.

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Vibrato Phrasing To vibrate by slightly altering a pitch higher and lower.
Voice Leading Chords/Harmony Voice leading is the linear progression of individual melodic lines and their interaction with one another to create harmonies, typically in accordance with the principles of common-practice harmony and counterpoint.
Voicing Chords/Harmony The arrangement of the member notes of a chord, or placement of the melody or bass line within a harmonic progression.
Volume Swells Phrasing Volume swelling (otherwise known as violining) is a technique where the volume control on an electric guitar is used to produce a crescendo like effect.
Wah Pedal Misc Using the Wah Pedal
Walking Bass Misc A walking bass line walks between chords, outlining the harmony and using quarter notes to keep a steady rhythm
Warm Up Misc Preparing your hands before a practice session or performance
Western Swing Genre Western swing music is a subgenre of American country music that originated in the late 1920s in the West and South among the region's Western string bands
Whammy Bar Technique Scooping and diving using the whammy bar
Whole Half Scale Modes/Scales The diminished whole/half scale is a symmetrical scale built by alternating whole steps (1 tone) and half steps (1 semi-tone)
Whole Tone Scale Modes/Scales A hexatonic scale built with consecutive whole-tones
Wide Bends Phrasing Bending a note up a b3 and higher
Wide Intervals Improvisation Using intervals wider than a 3rd
Wide Vibrato Phrasing Vibrato is a musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change of pitch. It is used to add expression to vocal and instrumental music. A wider vibrato increases the range between the pitches.
Workout Technique A session of vigorous physical exercise or training.