Eb Diminished 7th Piano Chord

Root
Eb
Min 3rd
Gb
Maj 6th
C
b 5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Eb
Gb
A
C

The Notes in an Eb Diminished 7th Chord

The Root

The root of the chord is always the easiest to find because it's in the name of the chord! The root of an Eb Diminished 7th chord is Eb.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an Eb Diminished 7th chord is Gb. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding Gb from Eb step by step:

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

The Maj 6th

The major sixth of an Eb Diminished 7th chord is C. The major sixth is down three half-steps from the Root (a minor third down).

In diminished chords, the major sixth is also known as the diminished seventh. For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll be learning it as the major sixth, since it's easier to consider it separately than the other two sevenths, the major seventh (M7) and minor seventh (m7)

Finding C from Eb step by step:

  • Start on: Eb
  • Step 1: move down to D
  • Step 2: move down to Db
  • Step 3: Land on C
Maj 6th
C
Root
Eb
1
2
  • D is a minor second below Eb.
  • Db is a major 2nd below Eb.
  • C is a minor third below Eb. The maj 6th is down a minor third? Confusing, right? The note C is down 3 half-steps from Eb, but up 9 half-steps from Eb:
Maj 6th
C
Root
Eb
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

The Inversions of Eb Diminished 7th

Root Position

Root
Eb
Min 3rd
Gb
Maj 6th
C
b 5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Eb
Gb
A
C

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
Gb
b 5th
A
Maj 6th
C
Root
Eb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Gb
A
C
Eb

2nd Inversion

b 5th
A
Maj 6th
C
Root
Eb
Min 3rd
Gb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
C
Eb
Gb

3rd Inversion

Maj 6th
C
Root
Eb
Min 3rd
Gb
b 5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
Eb
Gb
A

How to find Eb Diminished 7th with my three-finger-method

This is the method taught in my book "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols"

Step 1) Use the Fourth

Find the Root and the Fourth up from the Root. (See my tutorial on finding fourths).

Root
Eb
Root
Eb
4th
Ab

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move the root a minor third down (three keys to the left on the piano) and the other note (the fourth) a whole-step to the left (two keys down on the piano).

Root
Eb
Maj 6th
C
Min 3rd
Gb

How to Find 7th Chords with Nate's Three Finger Method

  • Major 7th chords: bring both fingers down a half-step
  • Minor 7th chords: bring both fingers down a whole-step
  • Dominant 7th chords: bring the Root down a whole-step, the fourth down a half-step
  • Diminished 7th chords: bring the Root down a minor third, the fourth down a whole-step

If you would like to learn more about my method, pick up "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols".

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