The D sharp diminished chord (D# dim or D#°) contains the notes D#, F# and A. It is produced by taking the 1st, flat 3rd and flat 5th notes of the D sharp Major scale.

D sharp diminished often appears as D# dim or D#°.

The diminished chord played by itself has a dissonant sound. This is largely due to the existence of the tritone interval, which is otherwise known as the devil’s interval. The D sharp diminished chord contains a tritone between the notes D# and A.

Even though the D# diminished chord sounds dissonant on its own, it can sound beautiful when played in the right context. Pairing the D# diminished chord with the E Major chord, for example, creates a sense of tension and release, which works well. A good exercise is to switch between the D# diminished chord and the E Major chord and hear for yourself how this sounds

10 Ways To Play The D Sharp Diminished Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for D sharp diminished, here they are.

D Sharp Diminished Chord 10 Shapes

Some Quick D# Diminished Chord Theory

  • The D# diminished chord contains the notes D#, F# and A.
  • The D sharp diminished chord is produced by taking the 1 (root), b3 and b5 of the D sharp Major scale.
  • The D sharp diminished chord (just like all diminished chords) contains the following intervals (starting from the root note): minor 3rd, minor 3rd, tritone (which leads back to the root note).
  • D# diminished resolves naturally to the E chord.
  • D# diminished can be written as D# dim or D#°.
  • The D# locrian scale can be used when soloing over the D# diminished chord.

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