Diminished Arpeggios On The Guitar

The diminished arpeggio similar to a minor arpeggio, but with a ‘flat 5’. The diminished arpeggio and chord contains the following:

1 – b3 – b5

There is a minor 3rd interval between the root and the b3, and the b3 and the b5.

As with all arpeggios and scales, we want to be able to play 5 movable shapes across the fretboard. Let’s look at the 5 movable shapes of the diminished arpeggio, using the C Diminished arpeggio as an example:




Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 1

Diminished Arpeggio Notes Position 1


Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 2

Diminished Arpeggio Notes Position 2


Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 3

Diminished Arpeggio Notes Position 3


Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 4

Diminished Arpeggio Notes Position 4


Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 5

Diminished Arpeggio Frets Position 5

Links to individual keys will be posted here soon. For now, have a go at memorizing the shapes and changing keys.

Further Reading:

Why are arpeggios important?

Major Arpeggios


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