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Drop 3 Chords (min7b5)

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In a previous lesson, we looked at Drop 2 chords. If you still aren’t feeling clear on how this type of chord is built, and what “dropped” means in this context, it’s time to review.

This lesson is a continuation of a previous lesson on Drop 3 Chords, where we covered the basics of playing a major 7th chord using the drop 3 voicing. If you’re not clear on how to do that, it would be best to go back and review.

The minor 7♭5 chord voicing is very useful and fundamental to a number of styles. It is quite often followed by a dominant 7th chord for which it functions as the II of in a minor key. For example, in the key of A minor, the II chord is Bmin7♭5, which would precede the V chord, E7.

Root Position Drop 3

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b natural
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g sharp, a flat
d sharp, e flat
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An F minor 7 flat 5 chord in drop3 form.

If we raise the chord to its next inversion, the 3rd takes the bass note.

First-inversion Drop 3

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d sharp, e flat
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The next inversion puts the fifth in the bass.

Second-inversion Drop 3

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f natural
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b natural
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d sharp, e flat
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Third-inversion Drop 3

Finally, we’ll go to the last inversion.

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g sharp, a flat
b natural
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f natural
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d sharp, e flat
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Key Tasks

  • Memorize all inversions of the drop 2&4 structure.
  • Convert the root position chord to dominant 7th, minor 7th and minor 7♭5 forms.
  • Practice all inversions with all chord forms.

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