Voice leading over rests

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    Kurt Acosta

    Hello, Richie.

    When encountering rests over barlines, let’s say a quarter at the end of a measure followed by a quarter rest at the next measure, should we still voice lead, or is it okay to jump out and start a new phrase? I’ve always been trying to voice lead but the thought popped up and now I’m not totally sure. 🤯

    Hoping for your clarification on this.



    Great question Kurt! I usually advice that you observe the following parameters: voice lead if the rest before the chord change lasts a dotted quarter note or less. If it’s a half rest or more, you’re free to start a new phrase without voice leading if you like.

    Kurt Acosta

    Got it! Thank you so much Richie!

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