11-1 ROOT MOVEMENT
1. Root Movement
Root movement is the movement from the root of one chord to the root of another chord. There are six possible diatonic root movements.
a. Descending fifth (or ascending fourth) root movement is shown in Figure 11-1.
Figure 11-1. Descending Fifth
Figure 11-2. Root Movement Inversion
b. Descending fourth (or ascending fifth) root movement is shown in Figure 11-3.
Figure 11-3. Descending Fourth
c. Descending third (or ascending sixth) root movement is shown in Figure 11-4.
Figure 11-4. Descending Third
d. Ascending second root movement is shown in Figure 11-5.
e. Descending second root movement is shown in Figure 11-6.
Figure 11-6. Descending Second
f. Ascending third (or descending sixth) root movement is shown in Figure 11-7.
Figure 11-7. Ascending Third
g. Root movement of an octave is not considered because no harmonic change takes place. This is considered repeated root movement.
|David L. Heiserman, Editor||
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