C# Diminished Piano Chord

Root
C#
Min 3rd
E
b 5th
G
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C#
E
G

The Notes in a C# Diminished Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's a C# Diminished chord, the root is C#!

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a C# Diminished chord is E. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding E from C# step by step:

  • Start on: C#
  • Step 1: move up to D
  • Step 2: move up to D#
  • Step 3: Land on E
Min 3rd
E
Root
C#
1
2
  • D is a minor second above C#.
  • D# is a major 2nd above C#.
  • E is a minor third above C#.

The b 5th

The flat fifth of a C# Diminished chord is G. The flat fifth is down six half-steps from the Root -- but it's easier to just think of it as a variation on the fifth. Once you know your fifths, the flat fifth and sharp fifth are a lot easier to find.

Finding G from C# step by step:

  • Start on: C#
  • Step 1: move down to B#
  • Step 2: move down to B
  • Step 3: move down to A#
  • Step 4: move down to A
  • Step 5: move down to G#
  • Step 6: Land on G
b 5th
G
Root
C#
1
2
3
4
5
  • B# is a minor second below C#.
  • B is a major 2nd below C#.
  • A# is a minor third below C#.
  • A is a major third below C#.
  • G# is a fourth below C#.
  • G is a flat fifth below C#.

The Inversions of C# Diminished

Root Position

Root
C#
Min 3rd
E
b 5th
G
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C#
E
G

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
E
b 5th
G
Root
C#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
E
G
C#

2nd Inversion

b 5th
G
Root
C#
Min 3rd
E
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G
C#
E

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