Stacked Diminished Chords

One way of looking at the diminished scale is to see it as two diminished chords arranged in various ways. If you stack them one on top of the other then you get a rather large chord. Impossible to play on the guitar but you could play it as a big arpeggio. Add a bit of reverb and delay and make the notes ring into each other. See if you can find some way of playing this (maybe in another key) that uses open strings, so you can sustain more notes as you play the arpeggio.

Another way to see it is as two interwoven diminished chords.

Another way is to play into each note of a C diminished 7th chord from a semi-tone below.

Free biscuits and Ribena for anyone who can think of another way of thinking about the diminished scale…

Comments on Stacked Diminished Chords

  1. Mike Outram says:

    Cunning :) Biscuits are in the post…

  2. David says:

    Take _one_ o7 chord away from all 12 notes…

  3. Mike Outram says:

    So lets have some nice voicings of diminished with those extensions then :)
    I’ll offer these for E dim7:
    0 X 5 3 2 2 (w/9th)
    0 X 10 6 8 6 (w/b13)
    0 10 8 6 7 5 (w/9 & 11, 1st finger does the notes on the G&E string)
    0 13 11 14 13 11
    Move all the chords in minor thirds, too.

  4. michael de souza says:

    I like to see the C, Eb, Gb, A as the chord tones and B, D, F, Ab like the upper extensions (Maj7, 9, 11, b13), since in both the applications as a dominant, and diminished chord the ‘extensions’ are more colourful to me and really define the diminished scale sound. Similarly to how you describe it as two stacked dim chords.

  5. neil says:

    blood, or Ribena?

  6. jesse molins says:

    Semitone tone semitone tone etc..
    Tone semitone tone semitone etc…
    2 sets of stacked min 3rds a semi tone apart
    Hammer house of horror. Christopher Lee creeps down the stairs, a thin
    Trickle of blood oozes from the corner of his mouth…

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