The <root> element
Parent element: <harmony>
The <root> element indicates a pitch like C, D, E vs. a scale degree like 1, 2, 3. It is used with chord symbols in popular music. The <root> element has a <root-step> and optional <root-alter> element similar to the <step> and <alter> elements, but renamed to distinguish the different musical meanings.
In this order
This element is used in the following examples: