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Lesson 16: Full-Diminished 7th Chord Forms
Diminished chords are unique in the fact
that they are only made up of four notes,
of which any could be its possible root.
The intervalic construction of this chord is
easy to remember because it is simply the
stacking of minor thirds.
Since each note is
a minor third away from the note on either
side of it, the entire chord can be moved up
or down the fretboard by a minor 3rd
without changing the name of the chord.
You would only be changing the order in
which the notes occur.
This ability makes it
easy to play different inversions of this
chord quickly in succession.
Here are three common forms of
full-diminished chords. Once you get them
under your fingers, analyze the notes of the
Once you have done this, move the
chord up or down a minor third and notice
that the chord uses the same notes, except
that they now occur in a different order.
The main thing to remember about these
chords is that any of the four notes can be
the root of the chord.
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