Diminished begin with W-Step
The Whole Note — Half Note scale consists of eight notes and is a Diminished Symmetric scale. It is built by alternating whole and half note steps. The scale is simply called Diminished scale.
(The scale that is built by alternating whole and half note steps, but beginning with a half note step, you have already come across on the major color circle)
Transposing the Whole Note — Half Note scale, has only three different variations, respectively you can learn only 3 finger patterns.
The fourth variation (D#) contains the same notes as the initial variation. The scales repeat themselves in intervals of a minor third. Here is a small overview:
This scale is used with diminished chords that are often marked with a small circle.
All Symmetric scales should be used sparsely, because of their construction and sound they appear boring fast