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Chord inversions and voice leading

Use the Chord inversion controls buttons in the chord selector to adjust the inversion of the actual chord.

Edit chord inversion

The chord inversion is relative to a default inversion selected automatically and individually for each chord by ChordPulse in order to reduce distances in pitch between different chords, thereby providing smoother transitions from chord to chord. Also, different musical instruments may play the chord in different inversions and using different voicings depending on the actual accompaniment style.

Note that the bass note is not affected by the chord inversion function (e.g. moving the chord C,E,G one inversion up to E,G,C does not change the bass note to E). The bass note can be set independently using the Slash chord mode button (see page Slash chords for more details).


Voice leading is the movement of the musical notes from one chord to the next. In a more general way, voice leading is the relationship between the pitches of simultaneously moving voices, tones or parts in a musical composition.

Voice leading can follow "the law of the shortest way" when chord notes move as few semitones as possible (smooth voice leading).

Example: When a C major chord in the root position (C,E,G) is followed by an inverted Em chord (B,E,G), the middle and high notes remain the same while the lowest note changes by one semitone only, resulting in a very smooth voice leading.

Find more information about voice leading on Wikipedia.

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