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Thread: Connecting root position triads - close and open positions

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    Connecting root position triads - close and open positions

    Hello, my friends

    First visit since last year so...Happy New Year too you all!

    When connecting root position triads, in four part writing, can I say that when the first triad is in close position, all the other that follow it are in close position too? The same for open position...

    I've tried several exemples and it seem to be confirmed but I am asking to be sure.


    Thank you

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    You can connect close to open and vice versa.

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    Thanks for the reply, ttw.

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    What are 'root position triads'? Are you referring to the triad that starts on the root of the key? What is 'four part writing'? And close and open positions?

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    Root position refers to the vertical disposition of notes such that the root of the chord is in the bass. For example, a C major chord in root position (3-part harmony) is either C-E-G or C-G-E. "Four part" writing means having 4 moving parts which come together to make chords. Like in hymnals. "Close position" (sometimes called "close harmony") means that there is no chord note separating the voices. Like (C major) C-E-G-C across 8 (diatonic) notes. A C7 chord would be C-E-G-Bb across 7 notes. Four part harmony here. Open position would be C-G-E-C with an E, a C, and a G in the respective gaps between the chord notes.

    These terms are covered in most harmony courses. There are some free books as well as some web pages devoted to common-practice harmony. One compact but older book is: http://books.googleusercontent.com/b...eDKXilytv-jw4n

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    Thanks for the reply,ttw.

    One more thing... your link doesn't work. Please post the name and author. Thanks.

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    The book is "Harmony Simplified" by Frank Shepard. Perhaps: https://archive.org/details/imslp-si...-frank-hartson

    There are some good web sites, too.

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