Meet the Major Diatonic Drop, a Progression Used by Ozzy Osbourne, Glen Campbell and John Lennon

In the last installment of String Theory, we looked at brief sections of well-known songs that include a three-chord progression that I referred to as the “major chromatic drop,” wherein the root of a major chord descends to the major seventh, then to the minor, or “flatted,” seventh, followed by a resolution to a different chord (as happens with the standard minor drop progression that we explored previously).

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Jimmy Brown

Over the past 30 years, Jimmy Brown has built a reputation as one of the world's finest music educators, through his work as a transcriber and Senior Music Editor for Guitar World magazine and Lessons Editor for its sister publication, Guitar Player. In addition to these roles, Jimmy is also a busy working musician, performing regularly in the greater New York City area. Jimmy earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance and Music Management from William Paterson University in 1989. He is also an experienced private guitar teacher and an accomplished writer.