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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2001, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Voice-leading - Er, what is it?

I've heard this term quite a few times and I was hoping for a bit of clarification on the subject. *:read:

*Thanks for any :help: *
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2001, 04:04 PM
 
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Voice-leading

My understanding of it is that it's a melody formed in chord changes. Stairway to Heaven is a good example, through out the chord changes you hear this descending chromatic thing going on.

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Voice leading is very important in 4-part writing, and it has many rules in classical style. *It's making sure you can write a 4-part melody without parallel motions and augmented and diminished intervals between voices. *That's kind of it...
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-03-2001, 06:16 PM
 
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It's the way in which the voices (or notes ) of a chord moves to the next chord. *People usually strive for smooth voice leading, where there is as little movement as possible between chords.

Example:

G to C
(V to I)

The notes of each chord would be:
G B D G and C E G C

G is a common tone between the two chords.

G moves down a fifth to C
B moves up a half step to C
D moves up a whole step to E
G stays the same.

This is really simplified, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what the term refers to.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-04-2001, 04:26 PM
 
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Voice-leading shvoice-leading. Break the rules.

Parallel motion, augmented triads, iz'all good; just listen to some Ravel or Debussy. :biggrin:

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 01:06 PM
 
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Voice leading is also known as secondary dominance. *For instance, if in the same G -> C progression you wanted to start cadencing before the G, you would do to a D7 chord: the V of V. *

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2001, 01:39 PM
 
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From my understanding that's not right. *That would simply be called a secondary dominat, in this case V7/V, like you said. *The movement of the chord tones of the D7 to the G would be voice leading.

Like this is just what I've learned through school, so other interpretations could be valid for all i know. *I don't really see how a secondary dominant could be called voice leading though.
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 03:08 PM
 
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Assignment of chords as secondary dominants is directly related to contrapuntal voice leading. *All the notes in a D7 move down a fifth or up a fourth to a G7, just like all the notes in a G7 move down a fifth or up a fourth to a CM7. *I've never had anyone make a distinction between the movement of the chord tones and the movement of the chord itself, as a chord is simply a collection of tones.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-09-2001, 05:15 PM
 
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First of all, Secondary Dominants are totally unrelated to the original question of "What is a voice leading?" *

If you've never heard of a distinction between chord tones and movement of a chord itself I don't know what to tell you. *There is definately a distinction. *Different voicings of the same collections of tones will sound differently. *That is what voice leading is all about! *
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 01:40 PM
 
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Voice leading deals with the vertical (melodic) connections of horizontal (chordal) elements. *it is the study of movement from one chord to another. *the chord progression C-G7-C can be voiced quite a few different ways, each with different properties, some more desirable than others. *general guidelines for "traditional" voice-leading exist, such as avoiding parallel fifths and octaves, etc etc. *secondary dominance is a harmonic quality. *while there are topics concerning voice-leading of a V/V-V-I progression, the actual function of secondary dominance is unrelated to voice leading. *to clarify:

it DOES matter how you move each tone of a chord. *each way of voice leading produces different effects. *all of which should be understood. *it's not acceptable to only know how to move all your voices up or all your voices down. nothing (ok...almost nothing) sucks more than hearing bands with nothing but root-position chords. *

btw..this is also my first post here. so. *hi everyone. *seems like quite the informative forum......lots of musicians who know their stuff. *

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