Voicing Chords (Music Theory Lesson)



Voicing Chords (Music Theory Lesson)

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Composers will often arrange the notes of a chord in numerous ways in order to vary its sound. This process is called voicing.

To demonstrate this, we will voice an F major triad in root position.




Notice that we can arrange the notes in any order as long as F, A, and C are used and F is the lowest note.




Play and listen to these examples.




Next, we will voice an F major triad in first inversion.




By definition, a chord is in first inversion when the third is the lowest note. Thus, we need to make sure that each of our voicings uses A for the bottom note.




Play and listen to these examples.




Finally, we will voice an F major triad in second inversion.




The process is the same; however, we must be certain that the fifth (C) is used as the lowest note.




Play and listen to the final examples.








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