The C-7b5 chord (also known as C half diminished 7 and CØ7). 

The notes in C-7b5 are:





An arpeggio is a succession of individual notes that spell the chord. Each note spells the chord and is called a chord tone.

The Half Diminished Scale

The half diminished scale is perfect to use over C-7b5

C-7b5 Backing Track

Practice playing the half diminished scale while listening to C-7b5. See what lines you can play over it. To train your ear, make a sincere effort to internalise the sound.

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C-7b5 Inversions

1st Inversion - C-7b5/Eb


2nd Inversion - C-7b5/Gb


3rd Inversion - C-7b5/Bb

Drop Voicings

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Drop 2

We simply move the 2 voice an octave down.

Drop 3

For Drop 3, we simply move the 3rd voice down an octave.

Drop 2 + 3

For drop 2+3, we move the 2nd + 3rd voices down an octave.

Drop 2 + 4

For Drop 2+4, we move the 2nd + 4th voice down an octave.

These were the drop voicings for the normal voicing; however, the first, second, and third inversions can also be turned into drop voicings. If you want to study more about drop voicings, Rick Beato has a solid tutorial on it. 

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Other Chord Extensions

Chord NameNotes
Major Chords 
CMaj7C, E, G, B
CMaj9C, E, G, B, D
CMaj#11C, E, G, B, F#
CMaj13C, E, G, B, A
CMaj9(add13)C, E, G, B, D, A
Minor Chords 
Cmin7C, Eb, G, Bb
Cmin9C, Eb, G, Bb, D
Cmin11C, Eb, G, Bb, F
Cmin13C, Eb, G, Bb, A
Dominant Chords 
C7C, E, G, Bb
C9C, E, G, Bb, D
C11C, E, G, Bb, F
C13C, E, G, Bb, A
Half Diminished Chords 
C-7b5C, Eb, Gb, Bb

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