Diminished Guitar Chords
There are a variety of diminished guitar chords. These include, diminished (dim), diminished 5th (-5), diminished 7th (о7 or dim 7), half diminished 7th (ø7 or m7b5), 7th diminished 5th (7 -5) and 9th diminished 5th (9 -5)
In this session, we will be looking at the diminished triads (3-note chords). Many guitarists play a diminished 7th chord (4-note chord) instead of a diminished chord. The choice is yours, but they are handy to know...
A diminished chord is a diminished triad consisting of 2 minor 3rds above the root or tonic, therefore having a root, a minor third, and a diminished 5th. The diminished chord is a dissonant or unstable chord and generally needs resolution. However, if it is used cleverly, it can create a great deal of interest and colour to a piece.
Formula for a Diminished Chord
Example: Calculating C diminished... Cdim, Cº or Cm(♭5)
Diminished Chord Table (dim)
Diminished Guitar Chords:
Adim - Cdim
C#dim / Dbdim - Edim
Fdim - G#dim/ Abdim
Free Download: Diminished Chords - Part 3
If you know the basic shape of a diminished chord and know where the root note is located on the guitar fretboard, you can play diminished chords all over the fretboard. This is very handy if you have a favourite shape you like to play. You can play 1 shape and play all 12 keys by just moving up or down the fretboard... very handy!
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