Overview

There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the C diminished mandolin chord. In this article you can find the most common chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. To help you understand how to play them, I have included step-by-step instructions, describing where to place each finger and what note this will produce. Finally, the article includes a chord chart with all possible chord positions for future reference, feel free to print it.

What is a C diminished (Cdim) chord?

The Cdim is a triad chord, i.e. it consists of three notes as following:

  • The root, which for the Cdim chord is of course C
  • The third, which for the Cdim chord is Eb. Note that this creates a minor third interval that consists of three half steps (C to Db, Db to D, D to Eb)
  • The fifth, which for the Cdim chord is Gb. Note again that this creates another minor third interval that consists of three half steps (Eb to E, E to F, F to Gb).
Note that half steps correspond to one fret difference between notes played on the same string.
See how the Cdim chord is written on sheet paper:

C diminished triad chord on music sheet
If you want to understand more on chords theory, i.e. how they are constructed, check out the following popular article I have written some time ago: Understanding Chords Theory.

If you need a blank sheet paper to write it down in order to understand it, you can download one from theMandolinTuner free blank music paper sheet.

 

Four finger, Cdim fingered for mandolin, 1st position

C diminished mandolin chord position 1

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • First finger on 1st fret of third string.
  • Second finger on 2nd fret of first string.
  • Third finger on 3rd fret of second string.
  • Fourth finger on 5th fret of fourth string.

 

Four Finger Cdim, fingered for mandolin, 2nd position

C diminished mandolin chord position 2

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • First finger on 2nd fret of first string. 
  • Second finger on 4th fret of third string. 
  • Third finger on 5th fret of fourth string. 
  • Fourth finger on 6th fret of second string.

 

Four finger Cdim,  fingered for mandolin, 3rd position

C diminished mandolin chord position 3

This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard:

  • First finger on 4th fret of third string. 
  • Second finger on 5th fret of fourth string. 
  • Third finger on 6th fret of second string. 
  • Fourth finger on 8th fret of first string. 

C diminished, All Mandolin Chord Variants

As with all chords, there are many variants of the Cdim chord for the mandolin. So, if you want to explore more, see below a Chord Sheet that presents all variants for you to practice.

C diminished mandolin chords sheet

How to Practice chords on the mandolin

There are many good articles here at theMandolinTuner for practicing chords. I suggest you start with:

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Ok, it is now time to practice. Grab your mandolin and try to play these chord variants now, it is easy, just follow the instructions!

 

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