Piano Chords - Diminished Chords - How to Figure Them out on a Piano



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How to Play Diminished Piano Chords

Diminished and diminished seventh chords add real beauty to a song and are amazingly easy to formulate and play. Did you know there are only three diminished seventh chords possible? Put them in your musical tool bag; —they make a great addition!

Steps

  1. Diminished Chords:Like all chords, diminished chords and diminished 7th chords are formed from the intervals of the major scale, which is. (Root, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step.) For purposes of this example, let's use the “C” scale, which is: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
  2. A diminished chord is the root, the flatted third, and the flatted fifth.So the notes in a C diminished chord are: C, Eb, & Gb. (It is like a C minor, {C, Eb, & G} with the fifth, G, also flatted.) A C diminished chord would typically be denoted either: C dim, C Dim and occasionally as C-.
  3. Diminished 7th Chords:The notes in a diminished 7th chord are the same as those in a diminished chord, the root, flatted third and flatted fifth. (C dim = C, Eb, Gb) Then the doubly flatted seventh is added; Bbb. Yes a double flatted seventh is the same note as the sixth, so a Bbb is also an A. —However, since the chord is called a diminished seventh, the seventh tone of the scale must be present and “A” is the sixth tone of the “C” scale, not the seventh. To be any type of seventh chord, the seventh tone of the scale must be present in some form. Therefore, to be theoretically correct, the note must be called a “B” double flat, —not an “A”. So, the notes in a C dim7 chord are: C, Eb, Gb, & Bbb.
  4. There are only three Diminished 7th chords:Each ascending note in a diminished seventh chord is the minor third (a whole step followed by a half step) of the one preceding it. (Up a minor third from C is Eb, up another minor third is Gb and up another minor third is Bbb (which is also A) So, C dim7 is one chord, C# dim7 or Db dim 7 is the second chord, and D dim7 is the third chord, - - - and when you reach Eb dim7 / D# dim7, you will be playing the same note that are in a C dim7. (Eb, Gb, Bbb {also known as A} and Dbb {also known as C})
  5. Every diminished seventh chord is really four chords, containing four evenly spaced notes each.Since only twelve notes and their octaves exist and since 12 ÷ 4 = 3, there are only three diminished chords possible before you are playing a different inversion of the same chord again.
  6. The C, Eb/D#, Gb/F# & A (Bbb) diminished seventh chords all contain exactly the same notes.
  7. The C#/Db, E, G, & Bb (Cbb) diminished seventh chords all contain exactly the same notes.And
  8. The D, F, Ab/G# & B (Cb) diminished seventh chords all contain exactly the same notes.

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  • Question
    How do you use a diminished chord in a song?
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    You can use one by improvising in a song. If you are using chord triads, change from root chord to another chord while going down the keyboard.
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  • Question
    Which notes are in an E diminished chord?
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    Based on the steps, it will be E, G, and A-sharp/B-flat and the diminished seventh will be E, G, A-sharp/B-flat, and C-sharp/D-flat.
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  • Question
    Can I play Cm chord on left hand then Cdim chord on my right hand?
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    Of course you can! But the chords are going to clash with each other, causing a very unpleasant sound. Why? The Cm chord consists of C-Eb-G. The C Diminished chord consists of C-Eb-Gb-Bbb (Double flat). As you can see, G and Gb are next to each other on the piano keys, which means it will cause a very unpleasant sound because notes that are next to each other often sound clashing, unless used correctly in unique chords. Hence, in conclusion you can play both chords, but it's just not going to sound nice! Next time, try playing it on the piano and listening to the tone instead of asking, because listening to it for yourself you get to understand it better.
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    How do I use diminish in a song played in cord C?
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    Normally diminished can be used in many places. It can be used as F#dim after F (in terms of C Major), which then MUST follow with a C/G and G or G7 to resolve. Another is that it can be used as Bdim/D (in terms of C Major). It is known as the chord vii° in C Major, and is diminished by its nature, unlike the example above where we have to add in accidentals in order to make it diminished. Bdim/D can be used as a substitute for G (in terms of C Major), or in the Cadential 6-4.
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Unanswered Questions
  • Which are the diminished keys?
  • Can it only be use as a passing chords to 5chord?
  • Can I diminish passing chords in a circle or a cycle of fourths in every key?
  • When and how should I use a diminished cord?
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  • A diminished seventh chord makes a great arpeggio up the keyboard.
  • Once you learn what they are, playing a diminished seventh chord is very easy. You can almost always play a diminished seventh chord wherever a diminished chord is called for with no problem. As long as it works and sounds good, it doesn't matter if it's easier!





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