Friday, March 4, 2016

Diminished 7ths: Tritones Taped To Tritones

Hi! This week we talked about one of my favorite chord types, the diminished 7th. Let's dive in!

1) Let's start by looking at symmetry. This is one of the most important aspects of diminished 7ths. So for each of the chords below, give me three other enharmonic diminished 7th chords, chords that would sound exactly the same.

  1. D diminished 7
  2. G diminished 7
  3. A diminished 7
  4. E diminished 7
2) Now let's look at common tone resolutions. Each of the resolutions below is either a dominant or common tone resolution. All you have to do is tell me which one each is. Be careful! I used some enharmonic chords so it's not always obvious what the true root is.

3) Finally, let's talk about sound. It's easy to get lost in its structure, but the diminished 7th chord also just has a pretty unique sound. Go back and listen to it. How does it make you feel? How would you describe the sound? What emotions would you use it to convey?

Put your answers in the comments below or leave them on the video, and we'll see you next time!

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