Chord Question, Chord Voicings
casinostrat
May 28 2012, 01:39 AM
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Hey guys I have been really concentrating lately in trying to learn more about chords, and my question is this: What does it mean when someone says a chord is in a dropped voicing? Every now and then I see someone refer to something like drop 2 or drop 3 voicings, what does this mean exactly? Is it like an inversion? Thanks in advance for the help!

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Nihilist1
May 28 2012, 04:17 AM
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It isn't exactly like an inversion. This webpage helped me make better sense of the topic, maybe it will help you.


http://www.guitarlessonworld.com/lessons/drop-2-voicings.htm

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Alex Feather
May 28 2012, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ May 28 2012, 12:39 AM) *
Hey guys I have been really concentrating lately in trying to learn more about chords, and my question is this: What does it mean when someone says a chord is in a dropped voicing? Every now and then I see someone refer to something like drop 2 or drop 3 voicings, what does this mean exactly? Is it like an inversion? Thanks in advance for the help!

I is a chord inversion and different note of the chord is becoming a root note
for example:
C major chord
C - E - G
First inversion will be
E - G - C
Second inversion
G - C - E
I hope that will help! Let me know if you have any questions!

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casinostrat
May 28 2012, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ May 28 2012, 03:17 AM) *
It isn't exactly like an inversion. This webpage helped me make better sense of the topic, maybe it will help you.


http://www.guitarlessonworld.com/lessons/drop-2-voicings.htm



QUOTE (Alex Feather @ May 28 2012, 08:51 AM) *
I is a chord inversion and different note of the chord is becoming a root note
for example:
C major chord
C - E - G
First inversion will be
E - G - C
Second inversion
G - C - E
I hope that will help! Let me know if you have any questions!


Thanks Guys! I have been reading about it on the link that Nihilist 1 posted and am beginning to understand it a little better. I have been playing a lot of jazz type stuff lately and trying to improve my Chord theory, and this will help!

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Nihilist1
May 28 2012, 06:40 PM
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QUOTE (casinostrat @ May 28 2012, 05:30 PM) *
Thanks Guys! I have been reading about it on the link that Nihilist 1 posted and am beginning to understand it a little better. I have been playing a lot of jazz type stuff lately and trying to improve my Chord theory, and this will help!


I am working through this book right now. In three chapters I have learned so much about chords that I never thought I would master. I cannot wait to finish this book, let alone get through the other books in the series.

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Jazz-Guita...d/dp/073902406X

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casinostrat
May 28 2012, 11:32 PM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ May 28 2012, 05:40 PM) *
I am working through this book right now. In three chapters I have learned so much about chords that I never thought I would master. I cannot wait to finish this book, let alone get through the other books in the series.

http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Jazz-Guita...d/dp/073902406X


Yeah I saw that book in a local music store and thought about getting it, but the price on Amazon is about 10 dollars cheaper, so I think I'll order it instead. Been trying to break out of the minor pentatonic blues type of thing lately and this will certainly help, thanks for the recomendation!

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May 29 2012, 07:38 AM
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Drop 2 voicing

standard chord 1,3,5 example key of C major scale CDEFGAB 1st= C 3rd=E 5th=G Hince C major triad chord=C,E,G or 1st,3rd,5th of the c major scale. In Jazz music I do not know why , but the 7th note of the scale is always added. So that will be C,E,G,B= Cmaj7 chord. With the triads CEG is the root 1,3,5 1st inversion will be 3,5,1 and 2nd inversion will be 5,1,3. the inversions are still the chord. Now when it comes to drop 2 chords, try playing a C major and add the B note. Some of the fingerings are impossible to play. So Sombody came up with a drop 2 voicing. All it is root 1,5,7,3
1st inversion 3,7,1,5
2nd inversion 5,1,3,7
3rd inversion 7,3,5,1

Drop 3 all the 3rds in this case will start on a lower E "base" so instead of playing the G on the high E string "3rd fret" it will be played
on the low E 3rd fret.

hope this helps.

Tony

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casinostrat
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QUOTE (awat @ May 29 2012, 06:38 AM) *
Drop 2 voicing

standard chord 1,3,5 example key of C major scale CDEFGAB 1st= C 3rd=E 5th=G Hince C major triad chord=C,E,G or 1st,3rd,5th of the c major scale. In Jazz music I do not know why , but the 7th note of the scale is always added. So that will be C,E,G,B= Cmaj7 chord. With the triads CEG is the root 1,3,5 1st inversion will be 3,5,1 and 2nd inversion will be 5,1,3. the inversions are still the chord. Now when it comes to drop 2 chords, try playing a C major and add the B note. Some of the fingerings are impossible to play. So Sombody came up with a drop 2 voicing. All it is root 1,5,7,3
1st inversion 3,7,1,5
2nd inversion 5,1,3,7
3rd inversion 7,3,5,1

Drop 3 all the 3rds in this case will start on a lower E "base" so instead of playing the G on the high E string "3rd fret" it will be played
on the low E 3rd fret.

hope this helps.

Tony


Wow great explanation! So basically in for example C major seven you still have 1,3,5,7 but one or more of the notes will be played an octave lower than it usually is played?

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May 29 2012, 08:55 PM
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correct.

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