Do you want to be able to play chords on the bass but are finding the stretch hard and challenging to fret each note?
Here is my go-to chord voicing for the bass: the Drop-2 Chord Voicing.
These voicings are easier to play on the bass, even for modern chord voicings. They sound good. They’re easy to invert. And best of all, they are much easier on your fretting fingers.
How to play a Drop 2 Chord Voicing
A chord voicing refers to the stacking order of notes to create a chord.
For example, an E Major 6 Chord has these notes: E, G#, B, C#
A typical voicing would be: E, G#, B, C#
This becomes difficult to play, because you end up having a large finger stretch between the notes B and C#.
Drop 2 Chord Voicings solve this problem.
To play Drop 2 Chord Voicing, you drop the 2nd note from the top down one octave.
So, for our example: E, G#, B, C# becomes B, E, G#, C#
This shape is super easy to play.
Here are the major 6 chord inversions in Drop 2 Voicing
To keep things simple, we will look at a C Major 6 chord.
A C Major 6 chord has these notes: C, E ,G, A
Here are the chord inversions for C Major 6 and the Drop 2 Voicing. The bold note is the note that brought down an octave. It will always be the note that is second from the top. Hence, the name Drop 2.
C, E, G, A becomes G, C, E, A
E, G, A, C becomes A, E, G, C
G, A, C, E becomes C, G, A, E
A, C, E, G becomes E, A, C, G
You will find that these chord shapes are much easier to grip and move around on the bass guitar fretboard.
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Barry Harris’ concepts are often voiced as Drop 2 Chord Voicings. His DVD explains the concept of a Drop 2 Chord Voicing and these are easy to apply on the bass. Check out these DVD’s on Amazon:
The Barry Harris Workshop DVD – Part One (4 Dvds/workbook)
The Barry Harris Workshop DVD – Part 2 (4 Dvds/workbook)