Chords that the (major) Scale Degrees (in the bass) Can Imply
- This list can be useful for the realization of unfigured basses, or for determining the chords in a harmonic dictation exercise.
- This is not an exhaustive list. The possibilities listed here are only the most common chords that can harmonize a given bass note.
- The chords listed last (for each scale degree) are the least common, and will only occur under certain circumstances.
- Always use your knowledge of tonal motion, part writing rules, and tonal idioms to help you decide on the appropriate chord.
- Applied (secondary) dominants are included, but not applied vii°7 chords, which can be substituted for any inversion of the secondary V7 other than root position.
- Second, and third inversion seventh chords are generally not on the list unless they are significant or occur frequently (e.g. V42, V43).
# = sharp
b = flat
V64 = Passing 64
IV64 = Pedal (Neighbor) 64
I64 = Cadential 64 (V64--53)
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