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Unit 4

4.5 Voice Leading with Seventh Chords in Inversions

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4.5: Voice Leading with Seventh Chords in Inversions

When we write inversions of sevenths chords in a harmonic progression, it in important to keep entry and exit of the chord through a stepwise motion. Minimal or no leaps in or out of a seventh chord is essential. Seventh chords in inversions often allow the bass to have a melodic stepwise quality. Just like those walking bass players in jazz!
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Leading-tone seventh chords, the โ…ถo7 diminished and โ…ถรธ7, have two possible functions:
  • To substitute for the โ…ค or โ…ค7 chord as part of the dominant, or
  • Placed between tonic chords, to prolong the tonic in a stepwise voice leading
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Lastly, inverted chords should contain all the tones of the chord. While it is okay to omit chord tones in a seventh chord in root position, any inversion chords cannot do so. Keep them all!
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๐Ÿฆœ Polly wants a progress tracker: If you have a V7 chord in the key of A Major, what is the 7th chord tone and to what note will it resolve?

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