What is a Voicing?

What is a Piano Chord Voicing?

Don’t be sitting there with an odd look on your face when someone uses the term “voicing” anymore.  In this video you will learn what it means and how you can use it to change the sound of your chords.  This video will open your eyes to the world of arrangement and just how wide the possibilities are.

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Video Sumamry
What is a voicing in music? To put it simply, it’s changing the structure of a chord. For example, if you have a C chord, the notes typically go C, E, and G. If you change the order of the notes to E, G, C, it’s still a C chord, but a different voicing of the chord. This is also called an inversion. The notes can come in any order and either clef. If you put an E in the bass and a C and G in the treble, it is another voicing of a C chord.

Voicings are beneficial to:
  • Give a different sound to a song to personalize it
  • Do a variation on a well-known song
  • Match a certain mood
  • Change the style, especially in a jazz song

  • Changing the notes around isn’t a perfect science, but it is fun to play around with when arranging or writing a song. Give it a try and see what you think!

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