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Section 26.2 Types of Motion

Definitions must be set out regarding types of motion between two parts.

  • Contrary motion occurs when the two voices move in opposite direction to each other by step or leap.

  • Oblique motion occurs when one voice stays the same and the other voice moves up or down by step or leap.

  • Similar motion occurs when both voices move in the same (or “similar”) direction—both up (by step or leap) or both down (by step or leap)

  • Parallel motion is a specific type of similar motion and occurs when both voices move in the same direction by the same interval—both up by step, or both down by a third. Parallel motion is also known as direct motion.

Figure 26.2.1 The four types of motion