The E diminished chord (E dim or E°) contains the notes E, G and Bb. It is produced by taking the 1st, flat 3rd and flat 5th notes of the E Major scale.

A diminished often appears as E dim or E°.

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 E diminished chord contains a tritone between the notes E and Bb.

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

10 Ways To Play The E Diminished Chord

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

E Diminished Chord 10 Shapes

Some Quick E Diminished Chord Theory

  • The E diminished chord contains the notes E, G and Bb.
  • The E diminished chord is produced by taking the 1 (root), b3 and b5 of the E Major scale.
  • The E 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).
  • E diminished resolves naturally to the F chord.
  • E diminished can be written as E dim or E°.
  • The E locrian scale can be used when soloing over the E diminished chord.

Further Reading

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