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or it is written with the plain fundamental bass note, and following it are the one, two or three chords. More than three notes in the chords for the left hand are to be avoided:
Usually after the first eight measures of the verse the melody goes into the relative Minor key, or the key of the Dominant, and here the accompaniment is often varied, pos­sibly by writing the right hand melody in octaves, or omit­ting the right hand melody entirely, both hands playing the simple chord harmony; or a counter melody is introduced in the right or left hand (although counter melodies in the popular songs are not usual). After the Minor four, or, most often, eight measures, the melody reverts to the original Major key and melody, closing either with the chord of the dominant, or, more often, one of the inversions of the chord of the seventh, so as to lead smoothly and natu­rally into the refrain.
"Popular" Waltz Songs.
Forms of accompaniments to this class of songs should usually be as follows:
The introduction should consist of eight measures, either taken from the first eight of the verse finishing on the domi­nant chord of the key, or the first four and last four of the
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