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Chord succession involving first inversion triads remains the same as that for root position. Although IV6 to V6 is now available in major key, it is not written in minor (iv6 to V6) as this results in an augmented second in the Bass voice.

A Phrygian cadence is created with the use of inversions in a minor key. It is a form of Half cadence created by the progression iv6 to V# with subdominant to dominant voice leading in the Soprano. The semitone in the Bass voice resembles the lowered supersonic to tonic movement and the Soprano resembles the subtonic to tonic movement of a Phrygian mode.

FIGURE 6.5: Phrygian Cadence
Second inversion chords generally do not take part in a progression but rather appear in a pattern in conjunction with other chords. Double the fifth of all second inversion chords.
This results in a figured bass of being the accepted abbreviation. Second inversion chords are commonly called Six-Four Chords.

FIGURE 6.6: Second Inversion Figuring


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