How to Play the Diminished Chord on Guitar
I just finished a new lesson that covers the diminished chord. It is one of my favorite chords because it is so versatile and sounds great! I broke down how to play the diminished chord in an easy way so anyone can understand what it is and how to use it. This is a great chord for any guitarist to learn, no matter what style you play. Check out my lesson:
How to Play Diminished Chord (Cmaj7)
Learning how to play the diminished chord on guitar can be challenging for beginners. But once you get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop!
A diminished chord contains four notes: Root note, minor 3rd, diminished 5th, and minor 7th. The most common way to play this chord is with your index finger on the root note, your middle finger on the diminished 5th, and your ring finger on the minor 7th.
If you already know how to play a major or minor chord, then playing a diminished chord will be easy! Just move all three fingers up one fret. For example, if you’re playing an A major or minor chord on the fourth fret (with your index finger on the sixth string at the fourth fret), move all three fingers up one fret. Your index finger will now be on the fifth string at the fifth fret, your middle finger will be on the fourth string at the sixth fret, and your ring finger will be on the third string at the seventh fret.
You now have an A diminished chord.
The diminished chord is quite unique because it consists of only minor thirds. It is symmetrical, which means that the notes are repeated in a certain order.
The formula for the dim chord is: 1-b3-b5
This means that if we take C as root note, then the notes of Cdim would be: C – Eb – Gb (the b symbol stands for flat)
In this lesson we will look at how to play a dim chord on guitar and then we will look at how to play a dim7 chord on guitar.
The diminished chord is a triad with two minor thirds, or a minor third and a diminished fifth, which gives us an unstable chord, which needs to resolve to another chord. The diminished chord is symmetrical, which means that the same pattern can be moved around the fretboard to create other diminished chords.
To play the dim7 (diminished seventh) chord shape shown above, we need to flatten the 7th note of each major scale. So for example in C major we have C D E F G A B and then we flatten the B note to get a Bb note; this would give us C D E F G A Bb.
The diminished chord is used in jazz, blues and rock music. It is also used by classical composers. It is a unique sound because of the dissonance it creates when played. When you play a diminished chord, it gives the listener the feeling of unresolved tension.
The diminished chord can be played in many ways and positions on the guitar. The most common way to play the diminished chord is to use three notes from the same scale. For example, if you are playing a C major scale, you will want to use C as your root note, E for your third note and G for your fifth note.
The next step is to take one note from each string and put them together to create a full diminished chord. You can do this by placing your finger on the fretboard on your first string at the octave position and then move it down one fret for each additional string until you reach the second string.
The diminished chord is a triad with two minor thirds.
Please note that the diminished chord is different from the diminished 7th, which is a four-note chord that consists of a diminished triad (three notes) plus a diminished seventh interval.
The diminished chord is symmetrical because it contains two minor third intervals stacked on top of each other. This means that every note in the chord is the same distance away from all the other notes in the chord. In this case, three frets away from the adjacent notes.
If you were to play a C diminished chord and then move each note of the chord up three frets and you would end up with an E diminished chord. It’s important to be aware that although we are playing different chords, they are actually both C diminished chords because they are constructed in exactly the same way.
The diminished chord is a triad with two minor thirds, or a minor third and a diminished fifth, which gives us an unstable chord, which needs to be resolved to another chord. A diminished chord is basically a minor chord with a lowered 5th. The diminished scale is based on alternating half and whole steps. Diminished chords are constructed of alternating half and whole steps: W-H-W-H-W-H-W-H, so if we built the Cdim7 chord we would have:
C E♭ G♭ B♭♭ D♭ F A
Or if we look at it another way, if you were to build the Cdim7 chord from a C minor 7th chord (which would be C Eb G Bb) all you would do is lower the 5th note of the minor 7th scale (G) by one fret which would give you the G♭