What are Drop-2, Drop-3 and Drop-2&4 Voicings for guitar?

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[NOTES]

Chord Voicing Types
a) 4-part close voicings
b) Drop-2 voicings
c) Drop-3 voicings
d) Drop-2&4 voicings

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What Are Drop-2, Drop-3 and Drop-2&4 Voicings Handout

What Are Drop Voicings

BONUS PRACTICE MATERIAL:

As an example, below are Drop-2, Drop-3 and Drop-2&4 voicings and inversions for Cmin7.

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Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Bottom Set
Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Middle Set
Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Top Set
Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Bottom Set
Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Top Set
Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Bottom Set
Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Top Set

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[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Bottom Set

Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Bottom Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Middle Set

Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Middle Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Top Set

Cmin7 Drop 2 Inversions Top Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Bottom Set

Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Bottom Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Top Set

Cmin7 Drop 3 Inversions Top Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Bottom Set

Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Bottom Set

[PDF Version]
Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Top Set

Cmin7 Drop 2 and 4 Inversions Top Set

Comments

  1. pakito says

    Hi Samad, good and intriguing video indeed. I notice it’s drop 2/3/4. What about more extended chords with more than 4 voicings for example up to 13th, which involves 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13th? How many voicing to drop then? Also is there a specific rule of thumb on which to drop,? Thanks again.

    • says

      Thanks for watching the video Pakito! For chords with more than 4 notes in the voicings, there different rules. In general when you have 5-note voicings for horns, typically one note is doubled. For guitar, It’s usually the root, 3rd and 7th, as well as two tensions (some kind of 9th + 13th). Sometimes, there is no root but instead the guidetones (3rd and 7th) and two tensions and a chord tone or three tensions. With tensions, it’s a topic that usually will take a one-semester college course to cover. Hope these guidelines help! =)

      • pakito says

        Does the C10 chord in piano voicing where the 3rd is raised to the 10th apply in guitar? thanks again

        • says

          I’m not quite sure what a C10 chord is. If it’s a C Major triad with the E played a 10th away from the root, then that’s common on guitar. On guitar, playing 10ths are very idiomatic and happen on songs like “Blackbird” by The Beatles. Jazz guitarists like Martin Taylor are also fond of this as a part of their solo guitar playing.

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