The <bass> element

Parent element: <harmony>

The <bass> element is used to indicate a bass note in popular music chord symbols, e.g. G/C. It is generally not used in functional harmony, as inversion is generally not used in pop chord symbols. As with <root>, it is divided into step and alter elements, similar to pitches.


In this order


Name Type Required? Description
arrangement harmony-arrangement No Specifies where the bass is displayed relative to what precedes it.


This element is used in the following examples:

<bass-alter>, <bass-separator>, <bass-step>, <root-alter>, <root-step>, Tutorial: Chord Symbols