Scale Practice – Superlocrian! If you are a diligent scale and arpeggio practicer, you might get tired of the major-minor-chromatic (and seconds, thirds, fourths, etc) routine. I want to share my enthusiasm for my scale of choice this week: the Superlocrian. If you have studied jazz, it won’t be new to you. This scale goes my many names. I actually prefer the term Diminished-Whole Tone, because that is what it is (see below). According to the Wikipedia entry, other names for it are Altered, Dominant Whole-Tone and Locrian flat four. First you take the melodic minor scale but don’t alter it coming down. (Yes, you are allowed to do that in jazz!) The modes of this scale are a gold mine for other jazz scales, but that will be another post. Now, start on the 7th degree of the scale, and presto: The first 4 notes are a diminished scale (alternating half and whole steps), the remaining notes form a whole tone scale. How cool is that? Plug this in to Taffanel-Gaubert no. 4 and you have a new flavor for your routine and scale games. There are a number of books for jazz flutists that may have other exercises, but I have not surveyed this literature yet. Any suggestions? For more information on the web, especially about the chords that this scale generates, here are some links. How to use the diminished whole tone scale by Pete Swiderski Reverse engineering our dominant scales by Anton Schwartz (great graphics) A diminished whole tone lick by Bob Hartig Related Posts Wannabe Yogi – and some breathing ideas Preparation – again Singing and playing Intonation Exercises Robert Winn: Musical Exercises to Develop the Technique Berio Sequenza, some musings and links Ligeti Piano Concerto, Practice Notes to Self The Value of Time II Effective Use (or not) of percussive sounds Composing Articulation for Winds – Tell Me What prev next Related PostsDecember 29, 2012 Paul Edmund-Davies: 28 Day Warm Up BookApril 26, 2015 Harmonic Exercises, with Articulation too!October 26, 2015 No More Tears – Breath as a Leit MotifJune 16, 2011 Finger Exercises Based on Tai ChiJanuary 21, 2014 Are intervals born of air or lips? Let the leopard decide.