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I'm trying to figure out how to do this harmonic progression thing. What I did so far was write out the scale of all the roots. Now I'm trying to determine the common tones. I don't see any common tones of the 1st 3rd or 5th of F major and E flat; however, I'm not sure if I'm doing this write. Can someone lead me in the right direction?

By the way the blue color is what I added in.

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The problem is IV doesn't lead very well to V. You will not be able to keep any common tones going from IV to V unless it is a 7th. Just let the tenor drop a 3rd to the C, let the Alto go down to the F, and let the Soprano go down to the A. Your outer voices will have to be in contrary motion with each other and the only parallel motion will be 3rds.

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There are no common tones unless you change one of the chords, say, make the F chord an F7. Assuming this is some kind of music theory class homework assignment, my advice to you is just try to make the upper voices move contrary to the bass. After that, you can just let the common tones guide you through the rest of the exercise.

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