PIANO CHORDS(2): DIMINISHED AND AUGMENTED CHORDS

In our previous lesson, we looked at the foundation of chords. In this lesson, we will move a step further, treating the Diminished Chords

Diminished Triad Piano Chord
Chord Type:​ Diminished triad
Formula:​  1+♭3+♭5

Do you see a pattern here? Most chords will use some version of the 1, 3, and 5th tones (later, we’ll add in the 7th tone, which is HUGE in music). Diminished chords take the sad and  serious sound of
minor chords even further by flatting yet another tone (the 5th). This gives you a scary­sounding  chord, but is used in tons of situations.

Notes in C:​ C + Eb + Gb

Augmented Triad Piano Chord
Chord Type:​ Augmented triad
Formula:​ 1+3+♯5
*The augmented chord almost does the opposite of the minor and diminished. We take the regular  major triad and raise the 5th tone.
Notes in C:​ C + E + G#

Diminished​ means to make smaller.
Augmented​ means to make larger.
Isn’t that exactly what these chords have done?
Consonance and Dissonance
These are the opposite of each other.
What is consonant is not dissonant and what is dissonant is not consonant.
I know, sounds confusing.
According to ​wikipedia​ , ​ “Consonance and dissonance define a level of sweetness / harshness,  pleasantness / unpleasantness, acceptability / unacceptability, of the sounds or intervals under  consideration.”
In other words, consonant chords and intervals sound good and harmonious to us. Dissonant ones  sound less harmonious and have more tension.
Major and minor chords have more consonance than diminished and augmented chords.
If I had to rank them by consonance, it’d be:
Major chords
Minor chords
Diminished chords
Augmented chords
THIS DOESN’T MEAN DISSONANCE IS A BAD THING.
In fact, at one point (hundreds of years ago), dissonant chords and intervals like diminished chords  and ​tritones​ (another topic) were ​banned​ from the church! They were called the “devil’s interval.”
This is not the case today. In fact, most modern musicians aggressively search for ways to  add​“flavorful dissonance” ​  to their playing. It is dissonance that creates the unpredictability and sound  that characterizes much of today’s contemporary gospel, soul, R&B, and similar genres. I call these four chords – major, minor, diminished, augmented – the “FANTASTIC FOUR.
These are your four foundational chords. With these four chord types, you can learn practically all  others (I’ll prove it to you in a second).. In the next lesson we will look at using Intervals to Learn Chords.. stay tuned. Feel free to drop your questions.

Olowu Daniel is a Musicologist and Pianist that started his musical career as a Pianist in the year 2007. He is a Music Tutor also. feel free to contact me for anything. +2348176251802..I am the Crazy Music Freak you've not heard about.

22 Comments

  1. I am only writing to make you understand what a really good experience my wife’s princess obtained viewing your webblog. She noticed some things, which included what it is like to possess an ideal teaching spirit to make others without difficulty learn about specific tortuous things. You undoubtedly surpassed readers’ expected results. Thanks for rendering those productive, trusted, informative as well as unique tips on your topic to Mary. https://johnpisanohomeimprovements.com/

  2. I am commenting to let you know of the excellent discovery my child encountered checking your blog. She came to understand a wide variety of details, most notably how it is like to have a marvelous coaching heart to get folks easily fully grasp a variety of complicated matters. You actually did more than my desires. I appreciate you for delivering such great, dependable, edifying and also cool guidance on that topic to Evelyn. https://azzaroelectric.com/

  3. Thank you for each of your hard work on this web page. My aunt really likes going through investigations and it’s really obvious why. Most of us learn all of the lively method you offer precious suggestions through this web site and even increase participation from some other people on the matter so our favorite girl is in fact learning a lot of things. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You are always doing a really great job. https://harrington-service.com/

  4. I’m also commenting to let you be aware of of the cool discovery my child encountered checking your blog. She came to understand a wide variety of details, most notably how it is like to have a marvelous coaching heart to get folks easily fully grasp a variety of complicated matters. You actually did more than my desires. I appreciate you for delivering such good, dependable, edifying and also cool guidance on that topic to Evelyn. https://wellbutrinbupropions.com/#

Leave a Reply