Half-diminished Chords - 28 Guitar Shapes
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Half-diminished chords (aka m7b5) have an especially important place in jazz music. They are generally found in minor 2 5 1 progressions as the ii chord or can be used as substitutions for dominant 7 chords. This blog post provides 28 different shapes based on drop 2, drop 3 and drop 2-4 voicings for playing m7b5 chords on guitar.
Keep in mind the following : Half-Diminished chords are made of root (1 or R), minor third (b3), diminished fifth (b5) and minor seventh (b7). They should not be confused with diminished seventh chords which contain a diminished 7 (bb7).
Here are 28 minor seventh flat fifth guitar diagrams classified this way:
m7b5 Shapes With Root In The Bass:
From left to right
- Three drop 2 voicings (R - b5 - b7 - b3).
- Two drop 3 (R - b7 - b3 - b5).
- Two drop 2-4 (R - b5 - b3 - b7).
m7b5 Shapes With Third In The Bass:
- Drop 2 (b3 - b7 - R - b5).
- Drop 3 (b3 - R - b5 -b7).
- Drop 2-4 (b3 - b7 - b5 - R).
m7b5 Shapes With Fifth In The Bass:
- Drop 2 (b5 - R - b3 - b7).
- Drop 3 (b5 - b3 - b7 - R).
- Drop 2-4 (b5 - R - b7 - b3).
m7b5 Shapes With Seventh In The Bass:
- Drop 2 (b7 - b3 - b5 - R).
- Drop 3 (b7 - 5 - bR - b3).
- Drop 2-4 (b7 - b3 - R - b5).
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