G# Diminished Piano Chord

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

The Notes in a G# Diminished Chord

The Root

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

The Min 3rd

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

Finding B from G# step by step:

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

The b 5th

The flat fifth of a G# Diminished chord is D. 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 D from G# step by step:

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

The Inversions of G# Diminished

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

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