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A Succession of a number of Chords moving according to some regular pattern or design is known as a Sequence. Here is an example which will illustrate the definition:
Play and sing this example.
At (1) we have a Chord in the Third Position followed by another Chord in the Fifth Position. At (2) we have the same thing, a Third lower. At (3) we have the same thing, a Third lower than at (2). At (4) we have the same thing, a Third lower than at (3). This forms a regular pattern. Moreover, take notice that the Bass notes form a pattern of their own, moving down a Fourth, up a Second, down a Fourth, up a Second, and so on. The Melody, also, moves right on down in Seconds. The remaining five Chords are used merely to complete the example musically.
Here is another example, containing a Sequence, in which a Third Position is followed by a First Inversion, and so on, and so on. In forming Sequences, Imperfect Chords are introduced freely, wherever needed; for instance, at (a):
In forming Sequences a certain freedom of motion is allowable. The pattern is the most important thing.
In the following Basses the student will find opportunities for making Sequences, and for applying other knowledge, as well.

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