I'm currently writing out (into a chord diagram book) all the different voicing/finger positions for the seventh chords.
Some voicings are difficult to play and I so my initial thought was "oh, the 5th note apparently is neutral so I can drop that and maybe the finger position will be a little easier to play".
The problem I'm having is being confident that the note I'm dropping is indeed the 5th degree, specifically when dealing with a chord whose notes have already been re-arranged into another voicing.
In short: I think my understanding (below) is correct and I'm just looking for confirmation from someone that there isn't some other crazy music theory concept I'm unfamiliar with that would mean I'm mistaken
So for example:
The root degrees are
♭7 (A, C♯, E, G)
If I switch to 1st inversion I get the notes C♯, E, G, A (which are really the
If I try to play these notes in this order (C♯, E, G, A) on the guitar, I've found it to be a bit tricky for me still (that might just be my fingers not being as flexible as a long practicing guitarist, but whatever).
So if I decided I want to drop the 5th (a neutral note), which note should I drop?
I assume I'm still dropping the
E note (which is the 5th as far as the root arrangement is concerned) because the new degrees (
1) don't actually make any sense as far as the major scale for
C♯7 is concerned.
e.g. it's not like I can count the degrees like I would have done when originally calculating the notes for
A7; So it wouldn't make sense to count: C♯ (1st), E (3rd), G (5th), A (♭7th) because those particular notes aren't the correct notes/order as far as
C♯7 dominant chord is concerned (using the major scale). That would instead be: C♯ (1st), E♯ (3rd), G♯ (5th), B (♭7th)
So is my understanding correct?
One additional question, how do you properly count the degrees for something like
If I do it like so...
C♯, (W) D♯, (W) F, (H) F♯, (W) G♯, (W) A♯, (W) B♯, (H) C
...then this wouldn't be correct as we A.) have two
F's in the arrangement and B.) don't end on the correct note for the octave.
But if I do it like so...
C♯, (W) D♯, (W) E♯, (H) F♯, (W) G♯, (W) A♯, (W) B♯, (H) C
...then here I've just assumed that you don't count
F for the half-step and just go straight to
F♯ as you know that
E♯ is actually just
But this doesn't appear to be correct either, as we've ended up with the octave not being the correct note.