D Diminished Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a D Diminished Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of a D Diminished chord is D.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a D Diminished chord is F. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding F from D step by step:

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

The b 5th

The flat fifth of a D Diminished chord is Ab. 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 Ab from D step by step:

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

The Inversions of D Diminished

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other D Chords