Magic Choral Trick #103 Balancing the Diminished Chord

Just when you think you know everything, you find out yet more stuff that you didn’t know that you didn’t know!

The diminished chord – all minor thirds all equally balanced right? Apparently not. I was pretty smug about this one, then I got the email back from Ig Jakovac (coach and judge for the Barbershop Harmony Society) suggesting that the second note from the bottom should be given slightly more weight.

Lo and behold – definitely a more resonant sound!

However, to notice this sort of subtlety you might first want to work with the Korg Tuner – to make sure that everything’s dead in tune.

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. a diminished chord really often functions as a rootless flat nine chord. Thus the 3rd in a fully diminished chord is really the fifth in the rootless flat nine chord. By bringing out this note, you are helping determine which of the 4 possible fully diminished 7th chords it could be.

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