Drop 3 Chords

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson we are going to talk about dominant 7 chords and inversions, especially the very useful drop 3 chords.
    The idea is quite simple, we've got a classic Blues progression in G and we are going to use the chords and inversions to create a nice comping over this little Blues. Just 3 chords and some voicings but lot of possibilities!

    What are drop 3 chords?

    We start from the close position voicing (R 3 5 7), take the 3rd note from the top and drop it down an octave.
    If we take the G7 chord : G B D F becomes B G D F.

    This gives us a root position and 3 inversions :

    R 7 3 5
    3 R 5 7
    5 3 7 R
    7 5 R 3

    In videos #1 #2 & #3 I show you the voicings for G7, C7 & D7 chords. The main video starts from #4.

    - Gear used -
    Gibson ES339
    Amplitube

    Hope you'll enjoy this lesson, have fun!
    Stephane
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