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root position

noun Music.
  1. the position of a triad in which the root is in the bass.
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Origin of root position

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples of root position

  • The progression from vii6 to V in root-position or any inversion in the same measure, is good.

    A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons

    Friedrich J. Lehmann

British Dictionary definitions for root position

root position

  1. music the vertical distribution of the written notes of a chord in which the root of the chord is in the bassSee position (def. 12a), inversion (def. 5a)
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