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what would you call a 1-b5-6?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by thephilosopher, Jan 21, 2006.


  1. thephilosopher

    thephilosopher

    Dec 22, 2004
    what would you call that chord? why?
     
  2. Eli M.

    Eli M. Life's like a movie, write your own ending

    Jul 24, 2004
    New York, NY
    I can't think of what you'd call 1-b5-6. In C, for example, it would be:

    C-Gb-A

    If you spell it enharmonically as C-F#-A, you have an F# diminished triad in second inversion.
     
  3. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    There are two options for this:

    1- According to traditional harmony, the fifth of a chord may be omitted without "harmful" effects, so it can be a minor sixth chord minus the fifth: C-Eb-G-A without the G (it works fine).

    2- The second inversion of a diminished chord. If you put the sixth on bottom (A-C-Eb) you have the root inversion of a diminished chord, which is made of two minor thirds.
     
  4. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Oops... I read "b3" instead of "b5". According to this, Eli is right.
     
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    It's a diminished chord. If C was the root it would probably be notated Gbdim/C if this is the specific voicing you're after. It's an F# or Gb Dim chord and also a Cdim, Ebdim, Adim chord which are all spelled the same i.e. they all have the same notes.