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Old 2009-02-08, 20:39
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Relative and parallel are two different concepts.

Relative is diatonic - meaning staying within the confines of the major scale.

Parallel has no regard to the staying within the confines of the corresponding diatonic harmony.

So your first example is soloing Am over Cmaj... diatonic (Am is Cmaj's relative minor)

Soloing Cm over Cmaj is exactly what you said parallel.

Now you can only find parallel harmony to a key not particularly to a scale, so it's undetermined how to define half-whole diminished without knowing what key it's based out of.
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