ii-v-i chord progression & Voice Leading


This lesson deals with one area of guitar playing that causes a lot of confusion with regards the ii-v-i chord progression. The question is, what is and how can voice leading be applied to progressions like this. This HD video lesson will clear up any misunderstanding you have regarding this area of playing. Ged Brockie explains and performs the progression at various parts of the neck. Once you have watched this video, you will be able to play the II – V – I with voice leading in a meaningful way.

The main aim of good voice leading is to create really effective harmonic resolutions. To make this happen, you need to think of your chords differently. Most people think of chords as vertical structures. With voice leading, you need to think on a horizontal plane. Once you do this, you will see that chords contain voices. In the examples that are shown in the video, all the chords are four note in structure. This means that the lowest note in one chord will follow to the lowest note in the next and so on. In this way, we can visualise four voices that are moving along a horizontal plane. Our aim is to make movements between chords as easy and as close as possible. To do this, we make use of chord inversions. This is how we can create great voice leading. The guitar chords smoothly move into one another. In effect, each chord voice takes the path of least resistance.

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