Suggested Learning Resources


2) Video Lesson: Voice Leading Basics 6 Kendall Kennison Channel

3) Online Reading: Root Position Part Writing

4) Interactive Lesson: 

Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          Move the upper voices in contrary motion with the bass line for smoothest voice leading.

-          Contrary motion avoids parallel 5ths and octaves

-          NOTE: Pop and folk music will often move the entire chord up or down in parallel motion.  However, this creates parallel 5ths and octaves, and prevents us from hearing independent parts which is a necessity of acceptable voice leading.

Objective 20.7: Examples in Music: YouTube

Objective 20.7: Identify, and Notate proper voice leading between two chords that are related by ascending 2nd root motion