Diminished 7 Chords: The Ultimate Connectors

Diminished 7 Chords: Symmetrical Drama

diminished 7 chords are terrific connectorsThe diminished 7 chord is very unique, as you will see as you gain experience using it. This chord is the most symmetrical chord you’ll play. As we mentioned while creating the triad, a diminished chord can be used for dramatic special effect or it can serve as a beautiful transition between two other chords.

Here is the C dim triad that we already acknowledged:

C diminished triad on piano

 

To arrive at this diminished triad, we followed these simple steps:

  1. choose a root (letter name of the chord)
  2. moving up 3 half steps to the next note of the chord
  3. moving up 3 more half steps to the final note of the chord

Well, all we need to do is add one more note which is also 3 half steps higher than the top note of that triad:

C diminished 7 chord

Symmetry In Action

Therefore, the simply procedure to create any diminished 7 chord is:

  1. choose a root (letter name of the chord)
  2. moving up 3 half steps to the next note of the chord
  3. moving up 3 more half steps to the next note of the chord
  4. moving up 3 more half steps to the final note of the chord

Super easy, huh?

Let’s do it on the root E:

e diminished 7 chord

3-3-3 (half steps) is really easy to remember!

Diminished 7 Chords Serve As Terrific Passing Chords

Okay, let’s take a look at the diminished 7 chord using in a musical context. We have here an excerpt from My Romance by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart:

excerpt from My Romance by Rogers & Hart

In that excerpt, we see that the Edim7 chord is being used as a passing chord, connecting the Emin7 to the Dmin7.

Move On To More

You’ll want to form diminished 7 chords on all these roots:

C    F    Bb    Eb    Ab    Db    Gb    B    E    A    D    G  

A Discovery Awaits You

As you proceed playing the diminished 7 chord on various roots, you will notice something very interesting that you did not experience with the other 7th chords. At this point, we will just provide a hint and leave it up to you to figure it out:

Other than the fact that you are playing all diminished 7 chords, do you see anything in common with any of the chords as you proceed?

It’s worth your investigation. Have fun as you dive into the world of diminished chords. You’re in for a pretty fascinating journey!

We have explored the most commonly used 7th chords in music. However there are more. Would you like to continue your journey? Consider gaining access to The Ridiculously Easy Way To Master Those 7th Chords On The Piano:

Learn all your 7th chords on the pianoGet instant access to this program which really clears up any
misunderstandings with all those confusing 7th chord symbols. 

Just $10 Today