The four kinds of second inversion triads, presented and celebrated in context.
Second inversions are chords I adore
I write them down with a 6 and a 4.
These chords we encounter in four different ways…
You can tell from the context you hear,
From the chords that are near,
And the movement you hear in the bass.
The first we’ll call pedal (or stationary)
‘Cause the bass stays the same.
But when bass notes move stepwise
Often passing’s the name.
When the bass goes a leaping, arpeggiated’s what we’ll say.
And when we come to the end of a section, my friend
A cadential 64 can help carry the day….
(IV 64)... well that IV 64 was stationary, oh…
(I 64)... a passing I 64! Passing I 64!
(vi 64)... ain’t it great when we can arpeggiate!
And for the next one I’m just going to savor it
‘Cause a cadential 64 is my favorite second inversion….
Mmm, Second inversion…