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nothing to do with using your voice -- it is a technical term that refers
to the way in which notes of a chord are arranged.
For example, you know the "C" chord is
made up of 3 notes -- C, E, and G -- correct? But those 3 notes can be
arranged in a variety of ways. We could have C on the bottom of the chord,
or we could have E on the bottom of the chord, or we could have G on the
bottom of the chord. Those are inversions, and we dealt with those a
couple issues ago.
But we could also space the notes differently.
We could have C on the bottom of the chord, skip the E, and have G come
next, with E on top. That is called "open voicing" because there is an
"opening" between the various notes of the chord. Chords that don't have
any openings are called "closed".
So we have closed voicing and open
But when we combine closed and open voicing
with inversions, we get more possibilities, don't we?
For example, if we put E on the bottom of the
chord, skip G, then use C, with the G on top, we get the 1st inversion of
the C chord in open voicing.
If we put G on the bottom of the chord, skip
the C, then use E, with the C on top, we get the 2nd inversion of the C
chord in open voicing.
LISTEN for the difference in
sounds between open-voiced chords and closed-voice chords. Listen, too,
for the difference between inverted chords in open and closed voicing. You
can get a lot of different sounds out of one chord if you use voicing
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