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The Jazz Toolkit – Diminished Leading Chords

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

Today we’re going to look at a super easy trick you can use to create very strong jazz chord progressions. We’re going to use fully diminished 7th chords to lead into standard diatonic chords. This creates a very strong sense of direction by balancing tension with resolution. As a result, your harmonies will sound both interesting and jazzy while at the same time bringing the listener to a logical place. This is a classic trick and a must know for jazz players.

Enjoy the lesson, and hit us up with any questions you may have.


Try taking a few basic diatonic chord progressions and then using this leading diminished chord trick to create a jazz progression. Here are some to get you started:

I V vi IV

I ii V I

I vi ii V


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