Half Diminished Chords Explained!

Notice the double Flat 7th interval – this is the only difference between a Diminished and a Half Diminished Chord.

What are Half Diminished Chords?

Half Diminished Chord are built on this harmony: R b3, b5, b7. So in the key of C major the notes would be: C Eb Gb Bb

What are Diminished Chords?

Diminished Chords are built on this harmony: R b3, b5, bb7. So in the key of C major the notes would be: C Eb Gb Bbb

When would I use Diminished and Half Diminished Chords?

Music (and life) is a series of Tension and Release. So to build tension in music is known as Dissonance. Diminished and Half Diminished chords sound very ‘Rough’, and as a result create tension, movement, and might just be the sound you are looking for.

Comments

  1. Johnluders

    Ha ha never seen MI for a major chord anywhere. …i could find this kind of confusing for some

  2. Where does it say “MI” anywhere for a Major chord?

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