Creative Chord Control: Drop 2 Voicings

Take your chord playing to the next level

Features of this course - What will I learn?

  • Discover beautiful chords that will set you apart from your friends and fellow musicians. Learn how to break free from simple open and barre chords in an easy and rewarding way.

  • Over 1 hour of instructional video, jam tracks, chord diagrams, TAB and notation that will have you making your own music almost immediately.

  • Learn to use the entire neck when playing chords and unlock a wealth of options for every chord.

  • Tools to play any advanced chord, with a foundation built on easy-to-play shapes on the top four strings of the guitar.

  • Play along to any song or jazz standard – never be daunted by a chord chart again!

  • Learn to play: every inversion of major, minor and dominant 7,6,11,13, diminished, half-diminished and altered dominant chords.

I want to make these easy to learn and killer sounding chords accessible to you. I believe that after open chords, barre chords and triads, these are the next chords that any guitarist should learn to improve their chord playing. By the end of this course, you should not only have a range of new sounds, inversions and chords in your playing but you should also be seeing the fretboard with much greater clarity, giving you the ability to be in full control of your chords and to make creative decisions with them.
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Course Description

This course focusses primarily on an extremely useful type of chord for the guitar known as drop 2 voicings. All you really need to know at this point, is that they will give your guitar chord playing a beautiful new sound as well as unlocking advanced chords and your fretboard knowledge. This course takes you through all the inversions of every type of 7 chords using just under 20 different but easy-to-play shapes. We use clear video demonstrations as well as chord diagrams, notation + TAB and funky backing tracks to help you become familiar with these chords and to get using them in a musical, real-life setting, right away.

Make your chords go further

Then, using these same shapes, we will learn a few simple ways to use these chords as substitutions to make different types of 6 and 9 chords – no new chord shapes required! After we have become familiar with the fundamental chords through more jam tracks and the fretboard, through a ‘find the notes’ playalong exercise, we will learn how moving just one or two of these notes up or down a couple of frets can unlock all types of 11,13 and altered dominant chords. We go through these alterations step-by-step and practice them over a one note vamp track, available in every key.

Course curriculum


  • Adam Thomas Smith

    Professional Musician and Online Instructor

    Adam Thomas Smith

    Adam is a UK born guitarist, bassist and keyboardist, currently touring worldwide with ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’. Adam graduated in 2014 from Royal Holloway, The University of London with a Master’s degree in Music. Whilst continuing to work in the pop genre (recent sessions include performing for ‘I Am Harlequin’, ‘Tori Allen-Martin’, ‘Shao Hao’ and Britain’s Got Talent winners ‘Collabro’), Adam has been fortunate enough to establish a career in musical theatre, both in London’s West End and touring countries such as: Australia, Sweden, South Korea, Singapore, Norway, New Zealand, Holland, Portugal and Hong Kong. Adam has worked on 5 star and award nominated productions, performed on national television and radio to over 1 million people, worked with Grammy award nominated composers and performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


  • Is this course for me?

    If you are unfamiliar with drop 2 voicings and/or want to learn new ways to play and adapt chords then yes.

  • Do I need any prior knowledge?

    A knowledge of basic guitar chords/harmony is recommended and a knowledge of how to read TAB and/or Chord Diagrams is useful but not essential (you will also need a guitar!)

  • Is the course available to download?

    You can view the course on all devices (as long as you have an internet connection) and all of the backing tracks, chord charts, chord diagrams, notation/TAB files are available to download so that you can learn offline and in your own time.