Exam ple 3 Half-diminished voicings
All this theory is well enough, but how do these chords look, feel and sound on the guitar? This example shows a couple of musically effective ways to voice the Half-diminished chord on guitar. The first set is based around ‘drop-2’ voicings. This is a concept used in arranging to spread the notes wider and more efficiently, providing both a richer spread of sound and a more practical fingering than playing the notes in sequential order, root, 3, 5 etc. The ‘drop’ part refers to which note is lowered by an octave, in comparison to the theoretically correct ‘close’ position. So, R b3 b5 b7 would take the second highest (b5) and put this on the bottom, leaving us with b5 R b3 b7. This can now be developed through each inversion and that’s what you see here. The remaining shapes display our Half-diminished through each of the five CAGED forms. This is far from exclusive, but it’s a good start.