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How to play drop 2 chords on the guitar - Lesson with diagrams & voicing charts
- By Stef Ramin
- On 09/12/2016
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Drop 2 voicings are very commonly used in jazz. They've been used by great jazz guitar players of all time, as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Joe Pass, Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Scofield and many more. Voicing is the practice of regarding the individual notes of a chord as voices. There are several voicing techniques that can be used to rearrange the notes of a chord (drop 3 or drop 2-4 voicings). This blog page is dedicated to the understanding of the drop 2 voicing technique only. Knowing how to play them across the guitar neck is very important, so in this lesson you will find minor seventh, major seventh, dominant seventh, diminished 7th and half-diminished voicings with diagrams to play them on the guitar.
Drop 2 chord voicings
Drop 2 chords are basically made by dropping the second voice down to the bottom of the chord. They are used more frequently than close position chords because they are less stretchy and hard to play. For example a C major 7 chord is made up of C E G B. To make a drop 2 chord, we take the G and drop it to the bottom. So the voicing would be G C E B.
Now that we have dropped the 2nd voice of the close positions we get four inversions of the drop 2 major seventh chord.
|1st inversion (third in the bass)||3||7||R||5|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||5||R||3||7|
|3rd inversion (seventh in the bass)||7||3||5||R|
Drop 2 Major 7 chords | Root positions and inversions
Third in the bass
Fifth in the bass
Seventh in the bass
Drop 2 minor 7 chords | Root positions and inversions
|1st inversion (minor third in the bass)||b3||b7||R||5|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||5||R||b3||b7|
|3rd inversion (minor seventh in the bass)||b7||b3||5||R|
Drop 2 dominant 7th chords | Root positions and inversions
|1st inversion (minor third in the bass)||3||b7||R||5|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||5||R||3||b7|
|3rd inversion (seventh in the bass)||b7||3||5||R|
Drop 2 half diminished (m7b5) chords | Root positions and inversions
|1st inversion (minor third in the bass)||b3||b7||R||b5|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||b5||R||b3||b7|
|3rd inversion (seventh in the bass)||b7||b3||b5||R|
Drop 2 Diminished 7th chords | Root positions and inversions
|1st inversion (minor third in the bass)||b3||bb7||R||b5|
|2nd inversion (diminished fifth in the bass)||b5||R||b3||bb7|
|3rd inversion (diminished seventh in the bass)||bb7||b3||b5||R|
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