Voice Leading

An examination of how individual notes in a chord change and relate to each other throughout a chord progression

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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Voice leading refers to the way each chord tone progresses from chord to chord.

Think of each note in a chord as its own voice.

To achieve the smoothest transition between voices when changing to another chord, you’d use common tones between two chords (or notes that are a half or whole step away.) Often, voice leading occurs with the thirds and sevenths of chords.

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