Diminished

I. chord

this diagram shows 3 different ways to play a diminished chord

top 4-string diminished chord

each of these chords can have 4 different names, as color-coded

advanced diminished chord embellishment

take any chord tone up a whole step to embellish the chord

ex: x3424x is a Cdim7 chord; play x3426x to Cdim7(add 11) or x3444 for B/C

II. the 3 diminished families

III. scale

uses of the diminished scale

a) #I dim – sub for VIx (ex: G G#dim Am D7 = G E7b9 Am D7)

use half-whole for E7b9

use whole-half for G#dim

b) passing chord (ex: C C#dim D7 D#dim Em)

use whole-half for each dim chord

c) #IV dim sub for IIx (ex: in key of G, C7 C#dim D7 G = C7 A7b9 D7 G7)

use whole-half for C#dim

use half-whole for A7b9

d)  bIII dim = I dim = VIIxb9 (ex: unforgettable G Bbdim Cmaj7 = G F#7b9 Cmaj7)

use whole-half for Bbdim

use half-whole for F#7b9

e)  bIII dim = I dim = IIxb9 (ex: Bye Bye Blackbird | F | % | Gm C7 | F | % | Abdim | Gm C7 | C7 | = | F | % | Gm C7 | F | % | G7b9 | Gm C7 | C7 |

use F whole-half dim for Abdim

use G half-whole dim for G7b9

arpeggio

common songs with diminished chords

“Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young.

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/paul-young/every-time-you-go-away-chords-603281

“I’ve Got Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks.

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/garth-brooks/friends-in-low-places-chords-1087784

“Michelle” by the Beatles.

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/the-beatles/michelle-chords-17324

transpose -1 at bottom; capo fret 1

“This Love” by Maroon 5.

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/maroon-5/this-love-chords-786697

more advanced analysis of diminished chords

how they can be interweaved with an extended I chord and how diminished chord is a rootless dominant 7 b9 chord