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The Power of Drop-2 Voicings

Horace Bray teaches how to connect theory and emotion with dropped chord voicings

Fresh, creative chord voicings can be be the difference between a good musical idea and a great musical idea. They can inspire not only different chord progressions, but also melodic ideas that can turn into songs or solos. Join Horace Bray as he helps you maximize your chords, draw out new colors, and overcome that stale feeling that may be accompanying your chord progressions.

Suited for guitarists of all skill levels, we will be adding the tools needed to spark more creative chords, progressions and understanding. Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.

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30 Lessons
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What are Drop 2 Voicings?

The Same Notes, but Rearranged for new Options

Drop 2 voicings are built by taking your standard chord, and "dropping" the second by one octave. This "dropped" note is now the bass note of the chord, and can result in a more colorful, expressive voicing to your standard chord shapes. The same notes are played, but the ordering gives the chord a much different vibe and tonality.

Adding Expressiveness

If your standard chords are feeling stale, drop-2 voicings are an easy way to add more emotional expressiveness, and bring your progression to life with new tonality.

Coloring Your Progression

Chord progressions rely on tension and resolution, but often times can become predictable. Adding "color" with new voicings can move your creativity into a new direction.

If you feel like your chords could use some inspiration, then this course was made for you. If you are still a bit confused by these chords, don't worry... we start with the basics then ramp up as the course progresses.

Learn, Digest & Practice

Practical Application in Step-By-Step Format

Horace presents ideas in sequential manner, as we explore Drop 2 voicings in major, minor, dominant, and half-diminished tonality. We also put an emphasis on the "movable" nature of this idea, traversing the shapes over various positions on the neck.

Learn the Chord Shapes

Horace starts at the ground floor, teaching you the chord shapes and positions across the neck for major, minor, diminished and more.

Digest the "Drop" Theory

Over time, you will begin to notice how the intervals and chords shift as you progress through the course.

Practice Alongside Horace

Guided practice sessions are included with each topic, allowing you to fully incoporate the chord approach and voicings.

Jam on the Licks & Etudes

In the finale phase of the course, Horace provides licks and etudes to put these chords in a musical context. Achievement unlocked!

Walk away from the course, will a solidified understanding of the Drop 2 voicing, and give yourself more options for your chord progressions. Additionally, you will open up more of the neck when trying to assemble chord progressions in various keys.

Working with Horace

Tactical, 7 Hour Course with Accompanied Practice

Unlike many courses, Horace takes a hands-on approach with this course. Each lesson comes with an accompanied practice section, allowing you to play along with Horace. Master the new shapes and chord voicings while playing along at various tempos and timings.

Explain & Execute

Learn the "Why" and the "How"

Horace explains both why the drop-2 voicings work in a theory-based context, and how to apply them as we work through the intervals and keys. Explore Major, minor, dominant, and half-diminished chords.

Practice with Horace

Accompanied Practice for each Topic

Each lesson and topic includes a 5 to 10 minute "guided practice" section. Once you master the chord shapes, take your time and patiently play along with Horace as the new chords become second nature.

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Download and keep the accompanying JamTracks for life. Practice on the go, on your phone, or even load them locally into Spotify. This course also includes full etudes for musical applications.

30 Lessons, 7 Hours

Complete Course Covering 30 lessons

A full 7 hours of material teaching you how to master drop-2 voicings. Horace reviews all the different ways to play these voicings all over the neck, for major, minor, dominant, and half-diminished chords.

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All of our lessons are filmed in a 6 camera, 4k studio environment so each camera angle is clear and approachable. Our video player also includes slow motion display, A/B looping and video bookmarks.

Horace Bray began playing guitar at age 14 and cites Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery as his guitar influences. In 2015, he graduated from the University of North Texas as the first undergrad guitarist in 15 years to hold the guitar chair in collegiate band.

Bray has self-produced and released Dreamstate. His auspicious debut as a leader features ten original compositions performed by a crew of former fellow students. Bray currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he spends his time playing music and teaching.

30 Lessons with Accompanied Practice, Tabs & JamTracks

This course offers 30 lessons covering 7+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestable presentation. View the full course outline below.

1

Series Introduction

Fresh, creative chord voicings can be be the difference between a good musical idea and a great musical idea. They can inspire not only different chord progressions, but also melodic ideas that can turn into songs or solos. Join Horace Bray as he helps you get more mileage out of your chords, draw out new colors, and overcome that stale feeling that may be accompanying your chord progressions! This course was designed to teach you how to master the art of the drop-2 voicings. Horace reviews all the different ways to play these voicings all over the neck, for major, minor, dominant, and half-diminished chords. Then we’ll work on how to use these new shapes in a few common (and not so common) chord progressions and wrap it all up with some fun licks and etudes that use these concepts!

Major Drop 2 Shapes

2

Major Drop 2 Shapes Part 1 - From the E String

In this lesson, Horace starts us out by explaining exactly what a drop 2 voicing is, and then proceeds to show us our first set of voicings: major shapes from the E string.

3

Major Drop 2 Shapes Part 2 - From the A String

Colors of the voices change slightly now, as we move to basing our major drop 2 shapes from the A string.

4

Major Drop 2 Shapes Part 3 - From the D String

Now Horace looks at the major drop 2 shapes on the high set of strings - from the D string. As in the first two lessons, we will play the shapes up and down the neck.

Minor Drop 2 Shapes

5

Minor Drop 2 Shapes Part 1 - From the E String

As you might guess, the drop two voicing can be applied to minor chords also. In this lesson, Horace looks at the low string set for our minor drop 2 shapes.

6

Minor Drop 2 Shapes Part 2 - From the A String

Moving to the shapes based from the A string, or middle string set, we find more minor chords with character!

7

Minor Drop 2 Shapes Part 3 - From the D String

The high set of drop 2 minor shapes based from the D string evoke a certain type of rhythm guitar, and a wealth of options in your own playing!

Dominant Drop 2 Shapes

8

Dominant Drop 2 Shapes Part 1 - From the E String

Dominant chords carry a certain amount of tension with them, and depending on the voicing, that tension can vary a bit. Horace starts us out with these drop 2 shapes based from the E string

9

Dominant Drop 2 Shapes Part 2 - From the A String

Now on to the middle set of dominant drop 2 shapes, based from the A string.

10

Dominant Drop 2 Shapes Part 3 - From the D String

In this lesson, Horace takes a look at the high string set of dominant drop 2 shapes.

Half Diminished Drop 2 Shapes

11

Half Diminished Drop 2 Shapes Part 1 - From the E String

Learning the best way to use diminished chords can be tricky, but no doubt it starts with learning the shapes inside and out, all up and down the neck. Horace starts us out on the shapes based from the E string.

12

Half Diminished Drop 2 Shapes Part 2 - From the A String

Drop 2 shapes are usually out of the ordinary as far as what we are used to playing. The best way of learning these diminished shapes is to take them to the 'woodshed' and get them flawlessly under our fingers. Here, Horace gives us the baseline for practicing these shapes from the A string.

13

Half Diminished Drop 2 Shapes Part 3 - From the D String

Now we move the high set of drop 2 diminished shapes, starting from the D string.

Diatonic Movements

14

Diatonic Movement - Root Position

In this lesson, Horace shows us how to play the scale diatonically using the root position drop 2 shapes.

15

Diatonic Movement - First Inversion

Here, we incorporate the variety and versatility of the drop 2 shapes by playing the diatonic chord scales using first inversion drop 2 shapes.

16

Diatonic Movement - Second Inversion

Using second inversion drop shapes, the diatonic chord scales becomes even more colored and diverse!

17

Ascending Motion, Descending Harmony

Voice leading allows us to not only keep our voicings close, but to also economize our motion around the neck and fretboard. Horace shows us a tricky but useful exercise where we voice lead our way ascending our motion while descending our harmony.

18

Descending Motion, Ascending Harmony

Now the opposite! We will descend our motion across the neck, while ascending our harmony. Sort of a brain teaser, but will only help solidify our drop 2 voicings!

ii-V-I Progressions

19

ii-V-I Progressions Part 1 - From the E String

The ii-V-I progression is a cornerstone of jazz, soul/R&B and many other genres. In this lesson, Horace shows us how to incorporate the drop 2 shapes we have learned so far into this classic progression, starting from shapes based from the E string.

20

ii-V-I Progressions Part 2 - From the A String

Now on to our ii-V-I drop 2 shapes based from the A string.

21

ii-V-I Progressions Part 3 - From the D String

In this lesson we will look at the high set of strings and how to play our ii-V-I progression.

22

Tri-Tone Substitution Overview

What is a tri-tone substitution, why do I need it, and how do I use it? Answers to these and other burning questions can be found in this lesson!

Minor ii b5-V-i

23

Minor ii b5-V-i Progressions Part 1 - From the E String

Yet another classic progression to practice our drop 2 shapes with. This lesson starts with the shapes based from the E string.

24

Minor ii b5-V-i Progressions Part 2 - From the A String

Now Horace looks at the middle set of strings for this progression.

25

Minor ii b5-V-i Progressions Part 3 - From the D String

Lastly, the progression is played on the high set of strings, offering even more colors to play with!

Putting it Together

26

Neo Soul Drop 2 Licks

Now it's time to apply some of the things we have learned in the series to real life situations. In this lesson, Horace shows us some cool Neo Soul drop 2 licks.

27

Diminished Jazz Drop 2 Licks

Diminished drop 2 licks in Jazz can be the basis for great rhythm playing or even chord solos. Horace shows us some great usage for these in this lesson.

28

Rock Blues Drop 2 Lick

Although not as common, drop 2 licks can be used in rock and blues. Here Horace shows us a couple of examples of this.

29

Drop 2 Etude 1

Now for something a little more challenging. This short Etude can be used to expand your familiarity with drop 2 voicings, and see how they might be used in a song situation.

30

Drop 2 Etude 2

Lastly, one more Etude to challenge our knowledge and execution of the drop 2 voicings.

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