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Diminshed 7th chords aka Full Diminshed chords are symmetrical and any note can be considered the root note. They can resolve up a half step to a major chord or a minor chord (or down a whole step to a major or minor chord). Since there are 4 potential roots, this leaves us with 4 places we can modulate to from any given diminshed 7th chord. In this video I explain this concept, then demonstrate how I wrote a piece of music using this same principle.

I treated each new chord as a new key and played a unique scale over each chord. Over the diminished chord, I played the arpeggio or the half-whole scale on top. It turned into a rollercoaster of different tonalities, with each one crashing into the scene beligerantly to take over the spotlight.

One note on B double flat vs A :
A dim7 chord is constructed as root, b3, b5, bb7. We are supposed to respect the alphabet, and the 7th of C is B, the b7 is Bb, the bb7 is Bbb. I don’t find this to be very helpful in the context of this lesson so I ignored calling it by its proper name, likewise when I referred to the last note of Dº7 as B when it should be called Cb. It’s easier to figure out where to go next if we think of B, I do not find any atvantage to tying yourself into enharmonic knots in this secnario.

Other videos I’ve done that relate to this one:
Chords of Harmonic Minor:
Harmonized Dim7 Arpeggios:
Chords of Minor:
Chords of Major:

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Free online guitar lessons for beginners, intermediate, and advanced players. Located in Crystal Lake, Jake Lizzio provides free jam tracks and video lessons for guitar players, as well as music theory videos and other music education content.

Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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