VARIATION2 Drop-2 Voicings 4-2)
EDrop-2 refers to a concept of ordering the stack of notes, in this case a four- note chord voicing, to allow for greater spread and range between the component notes. Coincidentally they conveniently make things much easier to finger on the guitar and sound more balanced and broader, so it’s win-win all round. The basic principle is to stack a chord and its inversions in the conventional manner, so a root position G7 begins its transformation journey as G B D F (R 3 5 b7). Next we take the second highest voice and lower this note by an octave, dropping the 2 to create the following intervals (5 R 3 b7). This chorus illustrates how these voicings can be connected through the 12- bar sequence using voice leading in the treble to create a series of chord shapes that sounds both logical and smooth from transition to transition (Jon Bishop describes this in his Tears In Heaven text).