December 2020 Assignment

Diminished chords

If you think of your songs as musical paintings, diminished chords can produce the nuances between the reds and the purples, or suggest the time of day through specific shades of gray. 

Usually used as a step in a progression — walking up or down between chords —  a diminished chord is simply a chord with two minor thirds above the root. For example, a C major includes notes C (the root), E (the third), and G (the fifth). A diminished C triad includes the notes C, Eb, and Gb.

To put that in sounds that everyone understands, among the links below find the use of diminished chords in The Beatles “Yesterday” and “Michelle.”

What is a diminished chord and how to use them

Songs with diminished chords

Diminished chord video for guitar

Basics of diminished chords on the guitar

Guitar Lesson World: Diminished chords

Images for diminished chords for guitar