The Ultimate Transition Chord: Four Minor Resolutions for dim7

As a follow-up to our ongoing investigation of ways in which the diminished seven (dim7) chord has been famously used, in this lesson and the next I’ll explain its theoretical basis and demonstrate a few more interesting applications of this harmonically unstable yet appealing chord, including how to link it to a dominant seven (dom7) to increase tension and intensify a five-one resolution. I’ll also illustrate how to employ dim7 as a transitional pivot chord, to modulate surprisingly to a completely different key.

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.