Spread Triads: Diminished Chords | Hub Guitar

Spread Triads: Diminished Chords

Practice these spread diminished triads, and then try to find a context for them. Visualize how they fit into other structures; how does each of these compare to a regular minor chord?

Consider practicing them in the context of a real chord progression, such as from D, Fdim, to Emin and to A. This will give context to them and help you put them to use in real music.

Sixth String

Root position spread triad (F diminished)

g sharp, a flat
f natural
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b natural
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First-inversion spread triad (F diminished)

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b natural
g sharp, a flat
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f natural
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Second-inversion spread triad (F diminished)

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b natural
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f natural
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g sharp, a flat
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Fifth String

First-inversion spread triad (B♭ diminished)

a sharp, b flat
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c sharp, d flat
e natural
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First-inversion spread triad (B♭ diminished)

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c sharp, d flat
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e natural
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a sharp, b flat
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Second-inversion spread triad (B♭ diminished)

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e natural
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a sharp, b flat
c sharp, d flat
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Key Tasks

  • Practice the diminished chords.
  • Visualize each chord as an inversion of all of its chord tones. For instance, Fdim is an inversion of A♭dim, which is also an inversion of C♭dim (also known as Bdim.
  • Visualize each root position diminished triad as the upper structure of a dominant seventh chord. For instance, D♭7’s upper structure is F, A♭, and C♭—an Fdim triad.

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