How can chord sequences be like a puzzle?

How can chord sequences be like a puzzle?

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will learn all about inversions - how and why do we play the pitches of a chord in a different order. We will explore voice leading and the importance of moving smoothly between chords. This will culminate in the crafting of a chord sequence with inversions and excellent voice leading.


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10 Questions

What is structure in music?
The order that you play the notes in
The way the melodies and chords fit together
Correct answer: The way the music is laid out/ the plan
What do you call the catchy section of a song that repeats, with the same lyrics each time?
Correct answer: Chorus
What do you call the sections of a song that repeat, with different lyrics?
Correct answer: Verse
What do you call the beginning of a song or piece of music?
Correct answer: Intro
What is the correct order of a typical song structure?
Intro, verse 1, bridge, chorus , chorus , verse 2, chorus, outro
Intro, verse 1, chorus, bridge, verse 2, chorus, chorus, outro
Correct answer: Intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, bridge, chorus, outro
How would a band play in time together?
Correct answer: Count in, listening and eye contact
They would have a conductor
They would read the sheet music
What is balance?
How long the melodies are
Correct answer: The relative volume of the different parts
The way the music is laid out
How could balance be addressed before the performance?
A dress event
Correct answer: A sound check
Everyone knowing their part
When might the bass guitar play louder in a piece?
During the chorus
Correct answer: During their solo
In the intro
How would someone in a band know what to do?
They would look at the conductor
They would look at their music
Correct answer: They would memorise their part and know the structure

10 Questions

How can you work out a triad on a keyboard?
Miss one, press one, miss one
Press one, miss one, miss one
Correct answer: Press one, miss one, press one
How do we label the three notes in a triad?
1, 2, 3
Correct answer: Root, 3rd, 5th
What is an inversion?
Correct answer: Playing the notes of a chord in a different order
Playing the notes of the chord in order
Playing two different chords and moving between them
Which of these is an F major triad, in inversion?
Correct answer: CFA
What is one benefit of playing chords in inversion?
Correct answer: They are easier to play
They sound major
They suit the mood of the piece
What is voice leading?
The way the individual ‘voices’ (pitches) lead the chords
The way the individual ‘voices’ (pitches) lead the group
Correct answer: The way the individual ‘voices’ (pitches) move from chord to chord.
What two notes do A minor and C major triads have in common? Use the keyboard to help you.
A and C
Correct answer: C and E
G and A
What note of the F major triad would you change to make the chord into a D minor triad? Use the keyboard to help you.
You would change the A to D
Correct answer: You would change the C to D
You would change the F to D
When you decide on your inversions to make good voice leading, what is the main thing you need to consider?
How do I make the chords jump around?
Correct answer: What are the fewest notes I need to move from one chord to another?
What instrument should I play on?
What would poor voice leading sound like?
A mixture of big leaps and small steps
Correct answer: Big leaps between chords
Small steps between chords

Lesson appears in

UnitMusic / Band Musicianship 1: The four-chord trick