Join Our Discord

Learn Moreย ย ๐Ÿ‘‡

caret down
caret up
discord-logo

Join our Discord

1,000s of Fiveable Community students are already finding study help, meeting new friends, and sharing tons of opportunities among other students around the world! Don't miss out!ย  ๐ŸŽ‰

group of students
group of students

๐ŸŽผย ap music theory

ย ย >ย ย 

๐ŸŽนย Unit 4

ย ย โ€ขย ย โฑ๏ธ1 min read

4.4 Voice Leading with Seventh Chords

Mickey Hansen

mickey hansen

โฑ๏ธ September 12, 2020

๐Ÿ“…

4.4: Voice Leading with Seventh Chords

Remember those rules of part-writing we need to follow? Introducing seventh chords into the harmonic mix requires us to follow three main rules:

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/fiveable-92889.appspot.com/o/images%2F-bp6vvJkExmG9.webp?alt=media&token=7faaf4d9-6049-426a-958b-248544a05b64

โžก๏ธ Chordal sevenths should be approached by common tone OR by step

When the voice-leading context doesnโ€™t allow this, chordal sevenths may be approached by ascending leap or, rarely, by a descending leap of a 3rd.

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/fiveable-92889.appspot.com/o/images%2F-noq5kyl0T971.webp?alt=media&token=a74ba3b3-12c8-47be-b6d0-57454f995eb0

โžก๏ธ All chordal sevenths should resolve by a descending step, to avoid an unresolved seventh. The chordal seventh in a V-4/3 chord may move up by a step when appearing in a I-(V-4/3)-I6 progression. In some cases, the chordal seventh may stay in the same voice before resolving down by a step.

https://firebasestorage.googleapis.com/v0/b/fiveable-92889.appspot.com/o/images%2F-iqdCJlWL54or.gif?alt=media&token=6b584319-e113-4ba0-824d-1f02d7575632

โžก๏ธ The fifth of a root-position dominant seventh chord may be omitted if it helps the voice leading. When the fifth is taken out in a root position 7th chord, the root should be doubled. All inverted 7th chords, however, must be spelled completely in writing the chord.

๐Ÿฆœ Polly wants a progress tracker: how do you resolve a seventh chord?

ap music theory study guides

continue learning

Slide 1 of 9
Fiveable

Join Our Discord

discord-logo

Fiveable Community students are already meeting new friends, starting study groups, and sharing tons of opportunities for other high schoolers. Soon the Fiveable Community will be on a totally new platform where you can share, save, and organize your learning links and lead study groups among other students!๐ŸŽ‰

*apยฎ and advanced placementยฎ are registered trademarks of the college board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

ยฉ fiveable 2021 | all rights reserved.

2550 north lake drive
suite 2
milwaukee, wi 53211