Chord voicing for Drop C tuning?

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  1. vejichan

    vejichan SS.org Regular

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    What are some cool sounding chords i can use in drop c tuning?
    I need to expand my vocabulary rather than just

    222xxx (moveable)
    224xxx (moveable)
    22245x (moveable)

    Btw what are the names of the chords above? Thanks
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Powerchord (root, 5th, octave)
    Sus2 chord (root, 5th, 2nd)
    Powerchord (but bigger!) (root, 5th, octave, 5th, octave)

    All in the key of D, as you have them written on fret 2 there.

    You should get some major and minor chords going.
    225xxx - minor triad (root, 5th, minor 3rd)
    226xxx - major triad (root, 5th, major 3rd). Bit of a stretch in drop tuning but doable.

    Major and minor dyads on the 5th string.
    054xxx or moveable x54xxx - major - (root, major 3rd)
    053xxx or moveable x53xxx - minor - (root, minor 3rd)

    Those will work on the 4th string too;
    xx54xx
    xx53xx

    which means you can chuck an octave under them;
    5x54xx
    5x53xx

    or a full powerchord! (significantly more difficult)
    5554xx
    5553xx
     
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    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    I'm a fan of something like 424xxx in drop tunings to make it feel lower than it is. Never got to implement it on a Sparrows album, but I still have the idea.

    Also are you talking chords involving the lowest strings or just in general? You can still use your normal chord shapes.
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    Yeah those 424xxx shapes are nice to imply a 7 string sound. Can also do 421xxx 420xxx major and minor with the same vibe.

    665xxx and 664xxx are nice 7th chord sounds too
     
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    In drop c...where is my root. Sorry if this is too basic...which chord is


    222xxx (moveable)
    224xxx (moveable)
    22245x (moveable)
     
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    Drew Forum MVP

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    Re-read Winspear's post, he answers both questions.
     
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    PRS_Baritone_Vito SS.org Regular

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    I use these often:

    23x5xx (moveable) Try it in this context - 3335xx to 23x5xx
    88109xx (that's the 10th fret on your 4th string) Try it in this context - 881010xx to 88109xx
    5574xx (I use my middle finger to play the two 5th frets, my pinky on the 7th fret and my first finger on the 4th fret)
     
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    bostjan MicroMetal Contributor

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    Are you overthinking this? The chord voicings in drop c are exactly the same as drop d, just deeper.

    Or am I misunderstanding the question?
     
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    Winspear Tom Winspear

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    It seems like he doesn't really know any chords in general and just happens to tune to drop C :)
     
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