Understanding Diminished Chords
Diminished 7th chords are not as common as major, minor and dominant chords and so you don’t see them as often in jazz standards. Because of this, we’re generally not as comfortable with diminished voicings and students’ tend to freak out when one does pop up on a lead sheet.
We’re going to start off this lesson by recapping the theory behind diminished chords and then we will look at them in context of a couple of different jazz standards so that you understand the practical application.
We use the jazz standard ‘Someday My Prince Will Come‘ to apply two handed diminished chord voicings and then look at the tune ‘Body & Soul‘ to substitute diminished chords for the related dominant upper structure triads.