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, Fo, to E- and to A. This will give context to them and help you put them to use in real music.

Sixth String

Fo Root position spread triad

g sharp, a flat
f natural
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b natural
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Fo First-inversion spread triad

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b natural
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f natural
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Fo Second-inversion spread triad

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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

B♭o First-inversion spread triad

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

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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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B♭o Second-inversion spread triad

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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, Fo is an inversion of A♭o, which is also an inversion of C♭o (also known as Bo.
  • 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 Fo triad.

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