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Creating the diminished scale with the IFR Staircase exercise

An interesting variation on the Staircase exercise is to alternate between half steps and whole steps. This produces what jazz improvisers call the diminished scale. In this video, Marina Vallet demonstrates the exercise on tenor saxophone, first very slowly and then in a more playful and expressive way.