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## Section26.11Types of Six–Four Chords

When you are harmonizing melodies and writing music, there are three situations where it is appropriate to use a $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$ chord.

1. Pedal $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$

2. Passing $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$

3. Cadential $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$

The pedal $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$ typically occurs in the patterns I–IV$\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$–I or V–I$\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$–V.

The passing $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$ typically occurs in the patterns I–V$\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$–I$\left.\text{}^{6}\right.$ (or its retrograde) and IV–I$\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$–IV$\left.\text{}^{6}\right.$ (or its retrograde).

In an earlier section we discussed the Cadential $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$ chord. Please refer to that section to review the cadential $\left.\text{}^{6}_{4}\right.$ chord.