How to Play a B Flat Diminished Chord on the Piano

Diminished Chords

Lets look at how to play a B flat diminished chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other diminished chord.

What Are Diminished Chords?

Diminished chords are minor chords with the upper-note lowered 1/2 step.

So to build a diminished chord, we’ll start by building a minor chord. We can build a minor chord by taking a major chord and lowering the middle note 1/2 step.

Then to convert the minor chord into a diminished chord, we’ll lower the upper-note 1/2 step.

How to Play a B Flat Diminished Chord

So to build a B flat diminished chord, we’ll start by building a B flat minor chord. We can build a B flat minor chord by taking a B flat major chord: B♭ – D – F, and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: B♭ – D♭ – F

Then we’ll convert the minor chord into a diminished chord by lowering the upper-note 1/2 step: B♭ – D♭ – F♭

You may be wondering why we would call the F♭ an F♭ instead of an E. The reason is because diminished chords are built using a “1 – 3 – 5” pattern on the piano: a root, minor third, and a diminished fifth. These labels refer to intervals, which you can learn more about here. Since the root of this chord is B♭, a fifth up from B in the alphabet is F , so we need to label this note as a type of F. This is why it’s called “F♭”.

b flat diminished chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other diminished chord. We can take the matching minor chord and lower the upper-note 1/2 step.

Another way to label diminished chords is with the º symbol, so we could also write B♭dim as B♭º.

chord types piano printable pdf

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.).

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to build a B flat diminished chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any other diminished chord.

Diminished chords aren’t as common as major and minor chords, but it’s nice to know how to build them when you need them.

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