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Drop Two Voicings – So Much More Than Jazz chords

The Drop Two Voicings Uncovered book is sometimes thought of as a chord book just for jazz chords & jazz guitarist. Nothing could be further from the truth. The chords found throughout the book can be used in a huge range of musical genres and are common place in many styles. Watch the video and download the free resources below.

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Lesson One – Introduction to drop two voicings for guitar

This is a partial transcription of the text found within the video above. Hi there and welcome to the first video in the series about drop two voicings. In this series, your going to learn about drop two voicings for all kinds of chords all over the neck. We’re going to see how usable they are and how we can use them in a multitude of different positions and musical scenarios. Drop two voicings are not just jazz chords, but can be used in many ways

So, first of all, it might be a good idea to see drop two voicings on the manuscript and you can see that now on the screen. Now, those are not drop two voicings that you can see on the screen, those are normal closed voicings that we would see if we were just writing down the chord. I want you to look at the second one in those four chords shown. If we take the second note from the top of the chord and drop it down an octave, what does that mean? It means that we can easily play this chord, it looks, plays and sounds like this. Now that chord is G minor seven and we are going to use it as our basis to generate chords all over the neck and for guitarists we use it as it’s actually an easy way to play lots of different chords. Close voicings, like this example, you can see it’s quite a stretch. With drop two voicings it’s much easier. Playing multiple close voicings all over the neck would be very difficult.

So, you can see that shape and the actual music and what we’re going to do is generate this chord right up the neck. How do we do that? It’s a very, very simple process. We take the lowest note of the chord which is an F, then Bb, D and a G. I’m going to move up the string and stop when I find a note that is held or found within the original chord.

From the above text and the remainder of what is said in the video, you will realise that drop two voicings are not just jazz chords but chords that can be used in a myriad of musical genres.