Learn 14 Chord Types using Drop 2 Chord Voicings
In this lesson I am going to expand upon the organisation and development of Drop 2 chord voicings on the top four strings of the guitar. We will be taking 14 different chords and learning how they can all be easily constructed from the original four chord forms I explored in my previous article on Drop 2 chord voicings.
In the original lesson I focused on Min7, Maj7, Dom7 and Min7b5 chords and now in this lesson that list will be expanded to include the following 14 chord types:
Min7, Min6, Min7b5, Min7#5, Maj7, Maj6, Maj7b5, Maj7#5, Dom7, Dom7b5, Dom7#5, Dim7, Dom7sus4 and Min/Maj7 chords. (n.b. Dom7 refers to dominant 7th chord types)
For your reference, the interval formula for each of the fourteen chords is as follows:
- Min7 = R, b3, 5, b7 Min6 = R, b3, 5, 6 Min7b5 = R, b3, b5, b7 Min7#5 = R, b3, #5, b7
- Maj7 = R, 3, 5, 7 Maj6 = R, 3, 5, 6 Maj7b5 = R, 3, b5, 7 Maj7#5 = R, 3, #5, 7
- Dom7 = R, 3, 5, b7 Dom7b5 = R, 3, b5, b7 Dom7#5 = R, 3, #5, b7
- Dim7 = R, b3, b5, bb7 Dom7sus4 = R, 4, 5, b7 Min/Maj7 = R, b3, 5, 7
You will see from the PDF file below that it is actually quite straightforward to construct the full list of fourteen chords from the original four in my earlier lesson, by just making small adjustments and therefore the task of learning all the chords is actually not that onerous.
My suggestion would be to revise the original four chord types from my initial lesson on Drop 2 chords and then gradually add in the new chord types.
You will also see in the PDF below that I have organised the chords by inversion using the same fretboard locations as I used in the initial lesson. Note too that all the chords are illustrated with a G root note, so you will need to eventually transpose them to other keys etc.
Once you have done the above, take a well known composition (perhaps a common jazz standard) where you can employ these chords liberally and practice ‘comping’ your way through the harmony using only the top four strings and these Drop 2 chord voicings. Over time you will see the real musical value in doing this and it will greatly increase your harmonic understanding on the fingerboard.
Drop 2 chords are great for accompaniment, adding into improvisational passages for extra colour and also for solo guitar, so these voicings will become an invaluable part of your harmonic palette. Enjoy.
Here is the full PDF file of the 14 Drop 2 voicings listed above in tab and regular music notation: