Voice leading is often times also referred to as part writing. Both terms refer to the way chord
s are produced by the movements and embellishments of individual musical lines
Voice leading is also closely related to counterpoint
in that counterpoint is the careful combination of two or more independant lines. As voice leading is more of a common-sense-like consideration, voice leading may be categorized as one aspect
As students, most budding musician
s learn the accomplished voice leading methods of J. S. Bach
, as the technique set the standard for late baroque
methodology in choral
writing. His method consists of a general subset of counterpoint rules, ie: no parallel fifths
or octaves, write in a conjunct
manner whenever possible, don't cross anything above the soprano
line or below the bass
line as the outer counterpoint will be lost, etc.
Since voice leading also deals with the aural aesthetic
, tendency tones
also come into play.