There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the D 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.

D diminished, All Mandolin Chord Variants

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

Ddim mandolin chord chart

What is a D diminished (Ddim) chord?

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

  • The root, which for the Ddim chord is of course D
  • The third, which for the Ddim chord is F. Note that this creates a minor third interval that consists of three half steps (D to Eb, Eb to E, E to F)
  • The fifth, which for the Ddim chord is Ab. Note again that this creates another minor third interval that consists of three half steps (F to Gb, Gb to G, G to Ab).
See how the Ddim chord is written on sheet paper:

Ddim on sheet paper

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, Ddim fingered for mandolin, 1st position

Ddim mandolin chord vert1

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

  • First finger on 1st fret of fourth till first strings (big barre) string.
  • Third finger on 3rd fret of third string.
  • Fourth finger on 5th fret of second string.


Four Finger Ddim, fingered for mandolin, 2nd position

Ddim mandolin chord vert2

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

  • First finger on 3rd fret of third string. 
  • Second finger on 4th fret of first string. 
  • Third finger on 5th fret of second string. 
  • Fourth finger on 7th fret of fourth string.


Four finger Ddim,  fingered for mandolin, 3rd position


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

  • First finger on 4th fret of first string. 
  • Second finger on 6th fret of third string. 
  • Third finger on 67h fret of fourth string. 
  • Fourth finger on 8th fret of second string. 

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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