This long title may seem intimidating as to what I’m going to explain – but it is some common sense that you were probably aware of.
Say you have a composition with a beautiful legato melody and lush harmonies to accompany it. However, it lacks in motion and you feel that some of the inner voices need to move. At the same time, you don’t want to take away focus from the melody or change the harmony too much.
Below, I have provided a cheat-sheet on inner voice movement possibilities:
To read and assess this, first find what chord quality you have. Then, determine from your composition what is your melody note in relationship to the chord harmony. That will be on the left-hand side of the cheat-sheet. From there, look horizontally across to see the advised subtle inner voices that can be moved chromatically or diatonically.
Play around and see what best fits your musical work.
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