F Diminished Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an F 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 an F Diminished chord is F.

The Min 3rd

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

Finding Ab from F step by step:

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

The b 5th

The flat fifth of an F Diminished chord is B. 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 B from F step by step:

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

The Inversions of F Diminished

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other F Chords