ABSTRACT

While jazz pedagogy is replete with scholarship regarding chord motion, inner-voice movement within a chord (harmonic counterpoint) is a concept that garners less attention. This chapter examines the movement possible within a chord structure. Elements of internal and external chord motion are demonstrated and discussed. Ways to introduce tension, such as consonant and dissonant intervals, chromaticism, and extensions, are explored. Further, contrapuntal chord motion techniques are introduced to enhance technical proficiency in articulating chords while magnifying each chord structure's inner qualities. Audio examples, performance exercises, and writing exercises are included.