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Guitar for Songwriters by Leo Cavanagh

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11More Chords, Progressions, and Ideas

IN THIS CHAPTER, WE WILL STRIP THE MYSTERY FROM DIMINISHED AND AUGMENTED CHORDS. We will look at ways to embellish chords or to simplify them. And we will learn some examples of moving voices within chords.

Diminished Chords

Diminished chords are definitely worth a close look. An understanding of how they work can open up a lot of possibilities for colorful chord progressions.

A basic diminished chord uses the formula root, flat 3rd, and flat 5th. The symbol can be either “dim” or “°” (the degree sign). A C diminished chord would be written Cdim or C°.

The diminished 7th chord is the root, flat 3rd, flat 5th, and double-flatted 7th (which is the same as the 6th). Most people mean diminished 7th when they ...

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