Hi!

I had a moment the other day and I thought I might share it with you, maybe somebody finds it helpful somehow...

I was watching the Monder Mel Bay youtube video, where he talks about knowing all 24 possible chord voicings for one basic seventh chord. I became curious and spent some time trying to figure out exactly what he had in mind.

The path of my logic was like: ok, let's see... We have the

4-way close position,

drop 2,

drop 3,

drop 2&4

drop 2&3

Multiply these possibilities with four for the quasi-inversion type things and you'll have 5x4=20...

So I tried to come up with one more possibility... one more, I thought... And after spending a free evening I ended up with 44 different possibilities (44/4=11 instead of the intended 6).

I'm sure there are several books written about it and you can find this info anywhere, but I feel that I learned a bunch trying to re-invent the wheel by myself... So I deliberatly ain't gonna lay out all the 44 (this number could be even bigger) here, cause there's a great value in doing it yourself :)

It was also quite a humbling experience, because I hadn't taken into account the different string sets (i.e. for drop 3 the sets of 6, 4, 3, 2 vs 5, 3, 2, 1). Plus the fact that it's just one basic chord, man!

It's also worth mentioning that in the 44 I found, there is at least one drop 2 which is kind of spread out, but grammatically it's still the same drop 2. The sound is completely different though...

Basic chords my ass...

Okay, so here comes the question: has anyone any idea which possibility was Monder talking about besides the five mentioned in the beginning of my post?

And another one: psst! does anyone have the complete mel bay video of Monder? I will buy you four beers! You could send it to [email protected] ;)

All the best!

Alvin