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  • Janacek, Danse Macabre

    The Diminished 7 Arpeggio

    by Simon James.


    The Diminished 7th is a unique Arpeggio in that it does not occur naturally within diatonic harmony and can be derived by putting minor 3rds on top of one another. Through this stacking of minor 3rds, it has a very powerful sounding harmony and it always contains an altered note, that is, a note not belonging to the parent scale.

    Although it may sound like a complicated scale it is actually very easy to play on the guitar.

    To build a Diminished 7th, simply put the Minor 3rds on top of one another:

    diminished 7th arpeggio  

    The diminished 7th has also been labeled as a the chord of the devil and interestingly enough was outlawed by one Pope during the Middle Ages. It features at the start of Danse Macabre by Janacek, as well as in the opening to Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. The Arpeggio is also used as a feature of Jazz Soloing and often many Bebop melodies can be found to contain a Diminished 7 Arpeggio Lick.


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