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Each Exercise should begin and end with the Tonic Chord, or Chord built upon tfu> First Degree of the Scale,
Place the Root of each Chord in the Bass.
Do not employ the Seventh Degree of the Scale as the Root of a Chord.
Avoid awkward or long skips in the Bass.
Let us work out a harmony for the following:
The first chord must be the Tonic Chord. Put the Root C in the Bass and fill in the chord:—
This will also be the final chord.
Having used the Octave Position for the first chord, the next chord should be in either the Third or the Fifth Position. If B is considered the Third of a Chord, the Root of the Chord must be G; if B is the Fifth of a Chord, the Root will be E.
Try both:
Since it will have two tones in common with the open­ing chord let us select the Chord of E, (Fifth Posi­tion).
Next, we have C again. This may be the Root of the Chord of C or the Third of the Chord of A:—
Let us select the latter.
Next we have D, which may be harmonized:—
We prefer the latter.

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