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root position

noun, Music.
the position of a triad in which the root is in the bass.
Origin of root position
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Plenty of phrases with the primary chords in root position must be taken before the other chords are treated.

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root position

(music) the vertical distribution of the written notes of a chord in which the root of the chord is in the bass See position (sense 12a), inversion (sense 5a)
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