Chords: Voicing


A C Chord could not make much music if we were only allowed play the notes 1-3-5 in closed position…

A wide variety of musical effects can be realized by the vertical arrangement of notes in a chord. This is called chord Voicing.

C Major Triad Voicing Example #1

Bass note stationary, while right hand chords change shape and the top note moves to create a melody of chord tones…


C Major Triad Voicing Example #2

Two notes in each hand like the voices in a four part choir, giving a full, open sound…


C Major Triad Voicing Example #3

Notes spread out in the left hand, providing a gentle harmonic pillow and lots of space over which your right hand might play a beautiful melody…


C Major Triad Voicing Example #4

Thick arpeggios in both hands…


C Major Triad Voicing Example #5

A big four note chord in the right hand and a low booming octave in the left, perhaps an exclamation point at the end of an heroic classical piece or rousing show tune…


learn more… Chord Inversion