D# Diminished Piano Chord

Root
D#
Min 3rd
F#
b 5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D#
F#
A

The Notes in a D# Diminished Chord

The Root

You'll have no trouble finding the root of a D# Diminished chord, because it's what gives a D# Diminished chord it's name: It's the note D#.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of a D# Diminished chord is F#. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding F# from D# step by step:

  • Start on: D#
  • Step 1: move up to E
  • Step 2: move up to E#
  • Step 3: Land on F#
Min 3rd
F#
Root
D#
1
2
  • E is a minor second above D#.
  • E# is a major 2nd above D#.
  • F# is a minor third above D#.

The b 5th

The flat fifth of a D# Diminished chord is A. The flat fifth is down six half-steps from the Root -- but it's easier to just think of it as a variation on the fifth. Once you know your fifths, the flat fifth and sharp fifth are a lot easier to find.

Finding A from D# step by step:

  • Start on: D#
  • Step 1: move down to CX
  • Step 2: move down to C#
  • Step 3: move down to B#
  • Step 4: move down to B
  • Step 5: move down to A#
  • Step 6: Land on A
b 5th
A
Root
D#
1
2
3
4
5
  • CX is a minor second below D#.
  • C# is a major 2nd below D#.
  • B# is a minor third below D#.
  • B is a major third below D#.
  • A# is a fourth below D#.
  • A is a flat fifth below D#.

The Inversions of D# Diminished

Root Position

Root
D#
Min 3rd
F#
b 5th
A
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
D#
F#
A

1st Inversion

Min 3rd
F#
b 5th
A
Root
D#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
F#
A
D#

2nd Inversion

b 5th
A
Root
D#
Min 3rd
F#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
A
D#
F#

Other D# Chords