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Today we will wrap up the whole series. Please check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you haven't done so. Part 4 will explain how to practice patterns using 4 different voices or lines around the cycle of 5ths. The first example will include only the left hand. Notice the voices are less independent from each other than examples from Part 3 are. This is primarily because they are expected to be played with just one hand. The hands can be played with roots on bottom and 3rds on top.
They can also be inverted with 3rds on bottom and roots on top.
The next example shows both hands with roots on bottom moving Out 2, In 2, Out 2, In 2.
This example shows both hands with the 3rds on bottom moving Out 2, In 2, Out 2, In 2.
Now we will mix and match our patterns. This example shows the left hand with the roots on bottom and the right hand with 3rds on bottom. The permutation is Out 2, In 2.
This example shows the left hand with the 3rds on bottom and the right hand with roots on bottom. It's still Out 2, In 2.
Finally all of these examples can be adapted for minor chords.
Hopefully this series has given you ideas that will help develop your sense of harmony, voice leading, and contrapuntal voice writing. The applications for this skill can be found in improvising, composing, and arranging. If you haven't checked out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, please do so.