Creating Drop-2 Piano Voicings

I have intended for a while to add some more jazz piano resources to the site, so I thought I would start to remedy the lack of piano info.  Below is an informative handout on how to create open voicings using the Drop-2 technique.  Drop 2 is a powerful (and slick!) technique that allows you to take a closed (less than an octave) voicing and turn it into an open (8ve or more) voicing.  It’s a great way to take voicings you already know and stretch them further, by turning a left hand only voicing into a two-handed voicing.  For example, you can take the Rootless ii-V-I voicings posted earlier on the site and turn them into two-handed Drop-2 voicings.  You can also alternate Major 6th and diminished chords to harmonize a major or minor scale, a la Barry Harris.  Enjoy!

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