Chord inversions and specific voicings

In addition to chord modifiers and added bass notes, various functions may be used to automatically print chords in a specific inversion or voicing – for example the so-called ‘drop 2’ voicing commonly used in jazz music.

\chordmode {
  \dropNote 2 {
    c2:maj7 d:m7
  \invertChords 1 d1:maj7

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Unlike added bass notes shown in Extended and altered chords this only affects the way chords are printed on a staff, and not chord names written with letters. Furthermore, these functions may be used not only in chord mode but also with <...> chords constructs explained in Chorded notes.

See also

Notation Reference: Extended and altered chords, Chorded notes.

Snippets: Chords.

LilyPond Notation Reference v2.25.18 (development-branch).