Diminished Chords Add Spice (2020 Program)

Claudia Morgan
Stage 3 – Workshops / 5:00 - 6:00

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 10, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Claudia Morgan

The Diminished Chord: What ABBA, Paul McCartney, Maroon 5, and Mariah Carey learned from Tin Pan Alley.


Claudia learned to play guitar at the tender age of 10 and has been playing ever since. Self-taught, she busked in Europe in her 20’s, played in various rock bands and musical ensembles and has never lost her passion for the guitar. In the past few years she has added swing tunes — including western swing, bossa nova, and some gypsy jazz to her repertoire. She teaches guitar and before COVID hosted a monthly acoustic swing jam.

In this class we will explore the diminished chord, how it creates complexity in a song, and common songs that include this chord. We’ll review different ways to play the chord and learn a couple songs that feature this chord.

This workshop is designed for players who already know how to play the basic chords of C, D, E, G, A, Em and Am in the open position. No chord theory is required or expected.  Learn how this one simple chord adds nuance and sophistication to well-known songs and how you can add it to your songwriting toolkit.