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Ebdim Chord Piano

The Ebdim chord is made up of three notes – Eb, Gb, and Bbb.

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

Also, you may be wondering, what is going on with the Bbb? 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 it as an A note instead.

Moving on…

You can actually play an Ebdim chord on piano in three ways:

  • Root Position – This is where the Eb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • First Inversion – This is where the Gb note is the lowest note of the chord
  • Second Inversion – This is where the Bbb note is the lowest note of the chord

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


Ebdim Chord Piano – Root Position

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat diminished chord highlighted in root position
Dbdim Chord Piano – Root Position

There are seven places on a standard piano where you can play an Ebdim 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 E flat diminished chords in root position from low to high

Ebdim Chord Piano – First Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat diminished chord highlighted in first inversion
Ebdim 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 E flat diminished chords in first inversion from low to high

Ebdim Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Piano keyboard with an E flat diminished chord highlighted in second inversion
Ebdim Chord Piano – Second Inversion

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

Sheet music showing all seven E flat diminished chords in second inversion from low to high

That’s all for this post. I hope you enjoyed learning about the Ebdim chord. Now it’s time to play some music with it on your piano. Enjoy!