7th Chord Inversions for Guitar

A Complete Guide to 7th Chord Inversions from Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor Scale Harmony


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Introduction & Overview

This course deeply explores 7th chord inversions & Cycle of Fourths progressions derived from Major, Melodic Minor, & Harmonic Minor scale harmony, utilizing the nine most common (and most playable) drop voicing string sets: 

  • Drop 2 (4321, 5432, 6543)
  • Drop 3 (5321, 6432)
  • Drop 2 & 3 (5431, 6542)
  • Drop 2 & 4 (5421, 6532)

Though this course includes music theory, its primary focus is on the practicalities of recognizing, practicing, and memorizing 7th chord inversions, in all keys, in every practical position on the guitar.

Cycle of Fourths root motion is emphasized as it’s the most prominent in music, from Bach, forward to traditional & modern jazz.

Objectives

7th chord inversions form the basis of jazz & classical harmony, and as such, are one of the most productive investments of your practice time.

Your reading, aural skills, and technique will continually improve if you integrate these inversions into your daily practice; the course closes with a detailed six-week practice plan to show you how.

By expanding into Cycle of Fourths progressions you’ll develop a strong sense of voice-leading & resolution, and also a keen ear for the building blocks of composition; a must for serious composers and improvisers!


Chapter One:
C Major Harmonized Scale, Cycle of Fourths​, Drop 2 Inversions (4321), Common Tones Retained, Downward Motion

1. Drop 2 Inversions (4321)
C Major, Cycle of Fourths
Starting: Root Position

Starting Chord: Root Position

2. Drop 2 Inversions (4321)
C Major, Cycle of Fourths
Starting: First Inversion

Starting Chord: First Inversion

3. Drop 2 Inversions (4321)
C Major, Cycle of Fourths
Starting: Second Inversion

Starting Chord: Second Inversion

4. Drop 2 Inversions (4321)
C Major, Cycle of Fourths
Starting: Third Inversion

Starting Chord: Third Inversion

5. Drop 2 Inversions (4321)
C Major, Cycle of Fourths
Vertical Practice


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