CHORD NAME FINDER

HALF DIMINISHED CHORDS

Sounds even darker than the minor
and easy to mix up wth the diminished,
but perfect as the II in minor turn arounds.

Explanation of Table Colors:


xyz Chord Tones: 1 = tonic, 2 = 2nd, b3 = Minor 3rd etc
xyz Basic Chord Tone: ie 2-3 = must be part of a 2 or 3 note chord
xyz Alternate Basic Chord Tone: ie 4-5 = can be part of a 4 or 5 note chord.
xyz Added Tension: ie 5-6 = appears in 5 or 6 note harmonies.
xyz Rarely Added Tension: creates clash or negates basic chord purpose.

PLEASE NOTE: All examples are based on the bass/root note "F".

Voicings are mainly in close position but can of course be used in many different ways.

Audio plays chords from left to right, once arpeggiated without bass note and then as written.


HALF DIMINISHED CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 4 | maximum up to 7.
Chord Symbol variations used: Most common is the small circle with a line through it or "min7b5".
Scale for Impro: Locrian or Locrian #2 if 9th is used.
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1b3 b5 b7 9 11 b13
4 4 4 4 5-6-7 5 5-6
Major Chords NamingTable


DIMINISHED CHORDS

Frequently used in scary old movies and
now shunned by many as old fashioned,
but very usable as a passing chord and,
adorned with a tension or 2, still very cool.

DIMINISHED CHORDS:
Minimum notes required for identification of sound: 4 | maximum up to 8.
Chord Symbol variations used: Most common is the circle (+ the number 7) or "dim" ("dim7").
Officially the circle and dim are for the 3-note chord and the other 2 for the 4-note version. Personally I have never taken too much notice of that.
Scale for Impro: Diminished or Whole-tone/Half-tone scale (easy to learn, because there are only 3 due to it's symmetrical structure.
CHORD TONES   chordArrow
1b3 b5 bb7 7911 b13
4 4 4 4 5 5-6 5-6-7 5-6-7-8
Major Chords NamingTable

A diminished chord in the right place is magic,
it flows like silk to where ever it goes,
but too many tensions will make it sound tragic,
so be selective when adding those.

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