7th Chord Inversions: (Drop 2 & Drop 3 on The Five Essential String Sets)

An excellent way to begin expanding your chord knowledge (beyond open chords and bar-chords) is the study of four-string seventh chords and inversions.

The most essential forms for beginning or intermediate jazz guitarists are Drop 2 & Drop 3 shapes on the following string sets:

Drop 2:

Drop 3:

It’s crucial to put these into a musical context as soon as possible.

Try playing through some jazz standards using these shapes.

Be careful to keep common tones and move to the closest voicings as you navigate chord progressions.

Diatonic ii-V-I Progressions (7th Chord Inversions)

Learning chords in isolation is useful, but learning chords in relation to common chord progressions is much better.

These diatonic ii-V-I progressions are composed of four-string 7th chords grouped by the closest inversions on the neck.

By retaining common tones smooth voice leading is ensured.

I have intentionally omitted fret numbers to stress the mobility of the shapes.