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Principles of Voice Leading

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Voice Leading (part writing)
chords produced by the motion of individual musical lines.
Contour
The shape of the melody.
Focal Point
apex of the melody, usually the highest note.
Conjunct
stepwise motion.
Tendency tone
a note which is aurally pulled towards another note. (ex. 7 to 1)
Close Structure
the distance between the soprano and tenor is less than an octave.
Open Structure
the distance between the soprano and tenor is more than an octave.
Voicing
Distribution of notes within a chord
Static motion
neither part moves. Notes remain the same.
Oblique motion
Only one part moves from chord to chord.
Contrary motion
Both parts move in the opposite direction
Similar motion
Both parts move in the same direction, but by different intervals.
Parallel motion
Both parts move in the same direction maintaining the same interval.
Counterpoint
combining relatively independent musical lines to create harmony.
Spacing
the distance between the notes in the chord.