However, there aren’t too many popular modern songs out there that use augmented chords – they sound gritty and tense, which isn’t a particularly common sentiment in pop music. It doesn't, even though the whole half scale does contain the major 7th scale tone. Friends in Low Places uses a diminished chord. That’s a root, minor 3rd, and flat (or diminished… The half-diminished 7th chord takes a diminished triad and adds an interval of minor 7th on top. The substitutions listed above are diminished additions but as Christian has pointed out, the general tendency has been to remove diminished chords, especially those without a leading dominant function (sometimes termed as a 'true' diminished) when playing standards. This highlights the diminished cord’s main aspect as a harmony-builder for songs as well as a source of additional auditory dynamics. The diminished triad is what naturally occurs on the 7th degree of the major scale. Naturally-occuring diminished chords are ones that are built on the 7th note of a major scale. One as a passing chord used as a modified #4 and another as a substituted dom7. In preparation, I've been reviewing the concepts we'll cover, and finding as many pop examples as I can to supplement the textbook's classical examples - including mode mixture, the Neapolitan chord, modulations to distantly-related keys.The next chapter is on augmented sixth chords. Georgia on my Mind uses diminished chords in at least 2 different contexts. I forget the key, but if I recall, the progression is something like C, Dbdim, Dmin, G. Oldskool type progression, but I don't hear it too often in popular music these days. This use, similar to the I-ii bridge, takes advantage of the diminished chord’s ability to lead the listener’s ears in a certain direction. The big moment is at 2:08 and it might be my favorite diminished chord ever, both for the musical power and the unusual way it is used. Indeed but you didn't refer to the scale. Even if you had said it was a diminished 7th chord, a diminished chord still wouldn't contain a major 7th. We advocate augmented and diminished as excellent tools to breath life into a tired chord … Another popular way to use diminished chords is leading into a song’s vi chord (the minor chord built upon the 6th scale degree of the key). Even though Ray didn't write that song, he had a way of making progression come to life like no one else could. Indeed, without diminished chords, many popular songs throughout time would not be recognizable. In both cases (ascending and descending), the diminished chord appears as a passing chord. I'll be teaching Theory 3 this fall. You clearly said a diminished chord contains the major 7th. Both of these chords start with a diminished triad as the first three notes, but have a different top note. Go to: Diminished scale It’s 1-f3-f5. Practice this concept and include diminished chords in your music arrangements! There are three types of diminished chords: Diminished triads, half diminished, and diminished 7th, which is also called a fully diminished chord. Half diminished chords. And that's only using the whole-half scale. If your song is in the key of G major, the diminished chord that exists naturally for that scale is F#dim, using the notes F#-A-C. As you can see, a diminished chord is a stack of minor 3rds. (diminished iv chord leading to iii) This got me wondering why diminished chords are so uncommon in pop music, and what well-known songs have them. Leading to a vi chord. Another great use of the diminished chord is in enlivening specific tones and moods in your music writing. But don’t let that put you off! Generally speaking, the ascending diminished is the most common function of the diminished chord in songs, especially for minor chord resolution. There is the half-diminished 7th chord, and the fully-diminished 7th chord.