Quick Win #33

Vertical Stability

Here's a quick summary of the main takeaways from this Quick Win!

  • try to see chord tones in two octaves; the first octave covers the stronger tones like 1, 3, 5, and -7; the second octave brings in color and spice with the tones 9, 11+, and 13
  • follow the order of the overtones for stability


Once you understand how to create stable structures, you can also mess a bit with your voicing to create more unstable structures to resolve to rest points. And never forget that it is the fundamental that sets up the overtones. By changing the fundamental but sticking to its overtones, you can take control over vertical stability as well.