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One of My Favorite Chords! The Fully Diminished Chord – It’s Easy!

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Behind the Scenes Lesson Below…This is normally reserved for Students Only!

Fully Diminished Chords (root, b3, b5, bb7)

 

Here is the technical way for making a Fully Diminished Chord.  You take your root, you flat your 3rd, your flat your 5th (which makes a regular diminished chord – Fdim – F Ab B – for example) and then you flat your flatted 7th.

So you basically take a DOMINANT 7th chord (F7 = F A C Eb for example) and flat every note in it except for the root note.

(So flat ‘A’ which makes ‘Ab’, flat ‘C’ which makes ‘B’ and then flat ‘Eb’ (move it down one) which makes ‘D.’

F  G  A  Bb  C  D  E  F

1      b3       b5     bb7

F      Ab       B       D   =  Fdim7

 

Exercise Song 1: For Fully Diminished 7ths of F, Ab, B, D (1, b3, b5, 6)

Example: F7 to Fdim7; F-A-C-Eb to F-Ab-B-D

 

Fdim7  /  /  /  Abdim7  /  /  /  Bdim7  /  /  /  Ddim7  /  /  /

 

*Note: These 4 chords have all the same notes (F,Ab,B,D), but different bass notes.

 

Exercise Song 2: For Fully Diminished 7ths of C, Eb, Gb, A

Example: A7 to Adim7; A-C#-E-G to A-C-Eb-Gb

 

Cdim7  /  /  /  Ebdim7  /  /  /  F#dim7  /  /  /  Adim7  /  /  /

 

*Note: These 4 chords have all the same notes (C,Eb,Gb,A), but different bass notes.

 

Exercise Song 3:  For Fully Diminished 7th chords of E, G, Bb, Db

Example: E7 to Edim7; E-G#-B-D to E-G-Bb-Db

 

Edim7  /  /  /  Gdim7  /  /  /  Bbdim7  /  /  /  C#dim7  /  /  /

 

*Note: These 4 chords have all the same notes (E,G,Bb,Db), but different bass notes.

 

Exercise Song 4: For #Idim7 in F

 

F  /  /  /       F#dim7  /  /  /  Gm9  /  /  /  C  /  /  /

 

Gm9  /  /  /  C  /  /  /            F  /  /  /       F

 

 

 

Exercise Song 5: For #IVdim7 in F

 

F  /  /  /      F7/A  /  /  /   Bb7  /  /  /    Bdim7  /  /  /

 

F/C  /  /  /  C7+5 /  /  /   F  –  F7/A  –  Bb7  –    Bdim7 –  C7+5  /  /  /   F7

 

Exercise Song 6: For #Vdim7 in F

 

Fmaj9  /  /  /  Bbmaj9  /  /  /  C#dim7  /  /  /  Dm9  /  /  /

 

Gm9  /  /  /    Bb/C  /  /  /      Fsus4  /  /  /      F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONG 10: WORTHY, YOU ARE WORTHY

F  /   Gbdim7  /            Gm9  /    C  /

Worthy,      You are worthy,

 

Gm9  /                C  /                  F  /    Bb/D   C/E

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, You are worthy,

 

F  /  Gbdim7  /              Gm9  /    C  /

Worthy,        You are worthy,

 

Gm9  /               C  /                    F  /    Bb/D   C/E

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, I worship You. (To end: F)

 

SONG 11: THERE IS NO TELLING

F9  /    D9  /

There is no telling,

 

G9○  /     C9  /   F – F7/A –  Bb7 – Bdim7 – C7+5  /  /  /

what God will do,       if you believe,

 

F9  /  D9  /

There is no telling

 

G9○  /  /  /        C9  /  Db9  /   C9  /  /  /

what God will do,       if you believe,

 

F /  /  /         F9  /  /  /

He’ll heal your body, he’ll save your soul,

 

Bb9  /  /  /                      Bdim7  /  /  /

He’ll make you happy, he’ll make you whole,

 

F/C  /  D9  /

There is no telling,

 

G9○  /  C9  /        F – F7/A – Bb7 – Bdim7 – C7+5  /  /  /

what God will do,          if you believe. (To end: F)

 

SONG 12: AMAZING GRACE

 

Fmaj9  /  /    Eb/F  /  /         Bbmaj9  /    Bdim7   F/C  /

Amazing        grace,      how sweet           the    sound,

 

C#dim7   Dm9  /  /   G9 /  /   Gm9  /  /   C9  /  /

That       saved   a wretch like me,

 

Fmaj9  /  /   Eb/F  /  /    Bbmaj9 /  Bdim7   F/C  /

I once was    lost,     but  now         I’m     found,

 

C#dim7  Dm9  /  /   G9  /   C9    F  /  /   Bb/C  /  /

Was     blind but    now     I     see. (To end: F)

 

 

 

SUBSTITUTING FULLY DIMINISHED CHORDS

 

Rule 1:  Substituting fully diminished chords is very simple.  You only substitute them right before you go to a minor chord.

 

In other words…

 

Going to Dm7? Substitute C#dim7.

 

Going to Gm7? Substitute F#dim7.

 

Get it? Just substitute the note a half step down from the minor chord that you are going to.

 

Note the strong use of this in “Worthy” and “Amazing Grace.”  This works, however, in almost song.

 

Rule 2:  Substitute a fully diminished chord on your #4 after the IV chord chord and before the I/V chord in a fast or medium “jazzy” or “fast Pentecostal” type song.

 

Notice the use of this in “There Is No Telling.”

 

It works in most of your faster songs though.  Very common ending movement on faster songs is

 

I – I7/III – IV7 – #IVdim7 – I/V – VI7b9 – II9 – V7 – I7

 

F – F7/A – Bb7 –  Bdim7 –    F/C – D7b9  –  G9  – C7 – F7

 

This progression probably ends about 70% of our faster Pentecostal songs.

 

Exercise Song 1

 

F2  /  /  /  Dm7  /  /  /  Gm7  /  /  /  C7b9  /  /  /

 

 

F2  /  /  /  Dm7  /  /  /  Gm7  /  /  /  C7b9  /  /  /

 

Where can we place Fully Diminished Chords in this song?

 

Let’s do it together.

 

F2  /  /  C#dim7  Dm7  /  /  F#dim7  Gm7  /  /  /  C7b9  /  /  /

 

 

F2  /  /  C#dim7  Dm7  /  /  F#dim7  Gm7  /  /  /  C7b9  /  /  /

 

 

Remember, just put them in on the beat before the minor chord that you are going to.