How to Play a B Diminished Chord on the Piano

Diminished Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B diminished chord on the piano. We can use this pattern to build 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.

This post covers diminished chords in more detail.

How to Play a B Diminished Chord

To build a B diminished chord, we’ll first build a B minor chord. We can build a B minor chord by taking a B major chord and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: B – D – F♯

Then we’ll take the upper-note, F♯, and lower it 1/2 step to F.

So to play a B diminished chord, we’ll play:

B – D – F

bdim chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other diminished chord, by taking the matching minor chord and lowering the upper-note 1/2 step.

We can label the B diminished chord as Bdim when using chord symbols. Another way to label diminished chords is with the º symbol, so we could also write a B diminished chord as Bº.

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Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

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 diminished chord on the piano, and you can use that pattern to build any other diminished chord!

Chords are a wonderful way to learn and enjoy the piano!

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