E Diminished Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an E Diminished Chord

The Root

The root is the bottom note of the chord, the starting point to which the other notes relate. The root of an E Diminished chord is E.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an E Diminished chord is G. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding G from E step by step:

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

The b 5th

The flat fifth of an E Diminished chord is Bb. 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 Bb from E step by step:

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

The Inversions of E Diminished

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other E Chords