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Chord Studies Part 3: Voice Leading


The third and final pack in Felix Pastorius’ Chord Studies Series is particularly beautiful. Felix demonstrates his innovative approach to voice leading descending drop 2 chords through the major scale. For advanced players.

Chord Studies Part 3: Voice Leading $4.99

In this pack, Felix Pastorius demonstrates an innovative new method he has developed for voice-leading using drop 2 chords in the major scale, but this time he descends the scale. As he explains, by starting with the root position major seven drop 2 chord and always moving the seventh down to the next scale degree one can create a pattern of descending chords that cycles down the major scale in thirds. Gmaj7, Em7, Cmaj7, Am7, F#m7b5, D7, Bm7, Gmaj7, Em7, etc. The pattern repeats for as long as you have frets. Each seventh moves down to become the root in the next drop 2 chord in the pattern. This way of looking at and practicing chords will undoubtedly open you up to new sounds and possibilities. The theory is dense, but once you have mastered the pattern, a wealth of new sounds awaits you. Good luck and happy practicing.

Be sure to complete the series by purchasing Chord Studies Parts 1 and 2. You can also find more exciting lessons from Felix Pastorius in his Fretboard Navigation series.

  • Here are the lessons that appear in this pack:
  • Introduction to Voice Leading – Descending
  • First Grouping: G Major 7 Root Position
  • Second Grouping: G Major 7 3rd Inversion
  • Third Grouping: G Major 7 2nd Inversion
  • Fourth Grouping: G Major 7 1st Inversion
  • Recap: Putting Them All Together


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