Chapter 5 Principles of Voice Leading
voice leading (part writing)
The following procedures should be followed for Chapters 5 through 9.
1. Rhythm. Keep the rhythm simple, with most durations being equal to or longer than the duration of the beat. The final note should occur on a strong beat.
2. Harmony. Every melody note should belong to the chord that is to harmonize it.
3. Contour. The melody should be primarily conjunct (stepwise). The shape of the melody should be interesting but clear and simple, with a single focal point, the highest note of the melody.