Drop 2 Chords

Drop 2 chords are great for comping as they’re using played on the top 4 strings and sometimes the middle 4 strings. You can use them in solos too like Wes Montgomery, Ed Bickert and others did. The term Drop 2 comes from the fact that if you play a closed position chord and lower the 2nd highest note an octave you have a drop 2 chord. This is shown in the first 3 diagrams below.

Closed position means the chord is arranged from lowest to highest note – eg a Cmaj7 chord would be C E G B played on the highest 4 strings. Closed voicings are pretty hard to play on the guitar so we have come up with easier ways!

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To learn the other types of chords, Fmaj7, Fmin7, Fmin7b5, Fdim7 and others we just adjust notes of the F7. It helps to know the names of the notes on the fretboard as well as each notes function (root, 3rd, 5th, 7th, etc).

More on this in the next lesson!

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