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VOICE LEADING

A chord progression is a group of vertically-placed, simultaneously-played melodies. A chord's vertical placement results from the smooth direction of each of the lines.

Traditional notation often hinders the perception of the linear aspects of a chord progression. Play the example above several times and try to correlate both the horizontal and vertical aspects of the progression with your ears and eyes.

After seeing and hearing the example as it occurs in real time, you will see its traditional notation in Example A below. Although the linear aspects of the progression become less apparent, the concept of watching and listening for the direction of individual voices in a chord progression is important in all musicmaking!

EXAMPLE TRADITIONAL NOTATION

STYLE

Chord voicing is a reliable indicator of style. Left-hand piano voicings, for instance, can provide a reliable harmonic blueprint for the entire jazz tradition. In Example B below, the C7 chord is portrayed in various jazz styles and examples of variations of each style can be heard by pushing the "play" buttons.

EXAMPLE . HISTORICAL LEFT HAND PIANO VOICINGS

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