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98                                               OREM'S HARMONY BOOK
CHAPTER XXIII
FIGURED BASS CONTINUED
In the preceding chapter we discussed the use of Roman Numerals. Now, as to the Figures.
When a Bass Note is written without Figures or with a Roman Numeral it is under­stood to be the Root of a Common Chord. Ordinarily the Position of the Chord is left to the student. Should it be necessary, however, to indicate the Position, this may be done by a Figure 8, 3, or 5, as the case may be, written immediately over the Bass
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All very simple. The Figures 8, 3, 5 always refer to Positions.
The Inversions are indicated plainly and clearly by means of Figures. Hereafter, when we have to refer to the First Inversion we will use a Figure 6. For instance:
The reason for using the Figure 6 is, that, if we count up a Sixth from the given Bass note, we will obtain the Root of the Chord; the Bass Note, of course, being the Third of the Chord.
The First Inversion is commonly spoken of as the Six Chord or Chord of the Sixth.
Hereafter we will use the Figures \ for the Second Inversion. For instance:
If we count up a Fourth from the








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