How to Play a Half-Diminished Chord / Minor 7 Flat 5 on Bass

Learn how to play a minor 7 flat 5 or half-diminished chord on the bass guitar from musician John Sutton in this online guitar lesson from Howcast.

Transcript

Here's how you play a half-diminished chord, also known as a minor 7th chord with a flat 5th. The half-diminished chord is a diminished triad with a regular minor 7th. If we use "G" as our example, we play our "G" diminished triad which is "G" with a flat 3rd, B-Flat. And a flat 5th, D-Flat. Now we're gonna play our "F" which is our minor 7th. And then "G" again. This is the "G" half-diminished chord in two octaves. And that's how you play a half-diminished chord or a minor 7th chord with a flat 5th on the bass guitar.

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