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Cello Lessons: Finding Chords: Half Diminished

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The Half Diminished chord also known as
a minor flat five chord,
is really common in
jazz because in any minor key,
this is your two chord.
Which is part of the really important two,
five one, in jazz.
So let's definitely figure out,
how to play it.
It's a minor chord, so the third is flat.
But it also has a flat fifth.
So in D, we have root, [SOUND] third,
[SOUND] and [SOUND] flat five, A flat.
[SOUND] Now the half diminished,
what that means is the seventh is not
a diminished seventh,
it's just a minor seventh.
We'll get to a fully diminished
chord in another lesson.
For the half diminished chord,
we have C natural.
So, the four notes are this.
And in order to play all four of those
notes, we're gonna start with
the root on the second finger.
[SOUND] Then flat five on first finger.
[SOUND] And then the third,
[SOUND] coincidentally on third finger.
And then we're gonna employ a nice
little guitar technique, and
we're going to finger the fourth
finger parallel to the third finger.
So we have a C natural on the A string.
[SOUND] But with the fourth finger.
instead of barring with the third finger,
I'm actually fingering that fifth.
All together, this sounds like this.
It's a great sound.
It's kind of annoying actually,
that particular hand shape.
So the compromise hand shape
would be just to do three notes.
The bottom three notes, two, one, three.
And if you really wanted to reach for
that [SOUND] flat seven, you could,
although, I wouldn't actually
recommend that either.
[SOUND] When I'm in the heat of battle
in a jazz tune, and I'm comping chords.
I pretty much leave out that seventh.
[SOUND] And I just play two,
[SOUND] three, [SOUND] one.
But, it works in any key.
And it's a really good hand shape for
half diminished chords.