The Tonic Chord Of The Diminished Scale Is Not Diminished

Author: Tommaso Zillio

The diminished scale is famous – but just in case you don’t know it, here’s the notes of the C diminished scale:

C Db Eb E F# G A Bb

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  • Yes, it is the H-W diminished scale, the scale that alternates a half-step with a full step
  • Yes, there are both E and Eb in there. It’s not a mistake, I explain why in the video.

Well, it’s called the diminished scale, so you would expect that the first chord of that scale is a diminished chord.


And look… if I take every other note in the scale, I get C Eb F#… that must be (enharmonoc to) the diminished chord…

And yet.

And yet no, everything I wrote so far is mostly wrong.

For the right thing, you have to see the video. Sorry ;-)

In this video we also answer:

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  • Are cadences like V-I discovered or invented?
  • “Didn’t understand anything” (that was not a question)
  • Modes from a Physics point of view? (nerdy answer alert)

Have fun!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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