7. Diminished chords

So there isn’t anything that can’t be diminished in music, is there?

1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial, we will be taking a closer look at diminished chords by learning the last chord which is part of the C major scale. So, let’s have some fun.

2. Diminished chords explained

Diminished chords are formed by using the diminished triad. Depending on the form you’re using on a guitar, that particular triad may or may not be present. Let’s take a look at the Bdim chord, the last chord which we needed to learn from the C major scale.

There are 2 basic forms for this chord. The first one is this:

E|---1---|
B|---3---|
G|---4---|
D|---3---|
A|-------|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, here’s how we play this chord:

Bdim1

Another form in which we can play this chord is the following:

E|-------|
B|---3---|
G|---4---|
D|---3---|
A|---2---|
E|-------|

Here it is played back:

Finger wise, we play this chord like this:

Bdim2

And with this we conclude the lessons with regards to our first chords. In the next tutorial we will take a look at what is known as the CAGED system. And while said system can be extended to scales, we will mainly focus on the chord aspect of it. See you then.

Chord charts generated using this chord generator

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