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Dbdim Chord Piano

The Dbdim chord is made up of three notes – Db, Fb, and Abb.

If you’re new to chords, the ‘dim’ is short for ‘diminished’ and the chord is also referred to as the ‘Db diminished triad’.

Also, you may be wondering, what is going on with the Fb and Abb? Well, it’s to do with the way chords are constructed. I’ll save that theory for another time, but feel free to think of the notes as E and G instead.

Moving on…

You can actually play a Dbdim chord on piano in three ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the Db note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the Fb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the Abb note is the lowest note of the chord

I’ll quickly explain this in some more detail, with images and audio clips below.


Dbdim Chord Piano – Root Position

Whenever you play a Dbdim chord on piano, and Db is the lowest note, that’s known as root position. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D flat diminished chord highlighted in root position
Dbdim Chord Piano – Root Position

There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play a Dbdim chord in root position. If you have a piano close by, try playing each one.

Below you’ll see what all seven look like on sheet music. Click the play button if you’d like to hear what they sound like too.

Sheet music showing all seven D flat diminished chords in root position from low to high

Dbdim Chord Piano – First Inversion

Whenever you play a Dbdim chord on piano, and Fb is the lowest note, that’s known as the first inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D flat diminished chord highlighted in first inversion
Dbdim Chord Piano – First Inversion

And here it is played in all places on a standard piano. You’ll notice that there are six of these.

Sheet music showing all six D flat diminished chords in first inversion from low to high

Dbdim Chord Piano – Second Inversion

Whenever you play a Dbdim chord on piano, and Abb is the lowest note, that’s known as the second inversion. It looks like this:

Piano keyboard with a D flat diminished chord highlighted in second inversion
Dbdim Chord Piano – Second Inversion

And here is the second inversion played in all places on a standard piano. There are six of these too.

Sheet music showing all six D flat diminished chords in second inversion from low to high

That’s all for this post. Enough theory about the Dbdim chord. Now it’s time to play it on your piano. Enjoy!