root position

noun

Definition of root position

: the disposition of a musical chord so that its root is in the bass : the arrangement of notes in a chord so that the root is in the lowest position The final chord needs to be in root position. — compare first inversion, second inversion, third inversion — see seventh chord , triad illustration

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First Known Use of root position

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Root position.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/root%20position. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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