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Inversions of Drop 2 Voicings - Middle 4 Strings


B" 7

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A

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3
1
3
1


fi fl
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6
3
6
5

III

fi fl

B" 7

B" 7

9
7
8
8

11
10
12
11

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B" 7

VII

fi

fl

fl

fi

x
x
x !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x
x !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x
Root Position!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1st Inversion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!2nd Inversion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3rd Inversion
Root in Bass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3rd in Bass
5th in Bass
7th in Bass

The voicings on the middle 4 strings are among the most versatile because they are low enough to be used as
"rhythm" chords (a la Freddie Green), and as part of walking bass/chord techniques, but are also high enough
to function as comping, chord soloing, funk chords and many other uses.
Focus your attention on the bottom notes of these inversions and their relative strength as bass notes (root
and 5th tend to be stronger bass notes, 3rd and 7th tend to be weaker bass notes, although in this range are
not a problem). Also focus your attention on the top notes and their "lead" quality as used in melodic/
harmonic chord playing (chord soloing).
Passing tones used to connect the inversions will be determined by the "mode" derived from the function of
the chord. (Ex. V7 uses the Mixolydian mode)
Using appropriate chord spelling, change Bb7 into Bbmaj7, Bb-7, Bb-7b5, etc.
Using appropriate techniques, add tensions (b9, 9, #9, 11, #11, b13, 13)

Compiled by John Baboian 9/97 - Revised 12/12