This Diminished 7 Chord Workout, part of our Jazz Chord Workouts series, helps you practice your diminished 7 chords in all 12 keys. This exercise goes through the Circle of 4ths (C-F-Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B-E-A-D-G) and each chord is played for 8 bars before switching to the next. This a great way to get all of these notes under your fingers (or voice), help you navigate them on your instrument, and ultimately help you with you improvisation. Refer to the chord charts below to see the exercise, and use the play-along to practice.
Diminished 7 Chord Workout
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."