Exercise 7, j. : With G sharp as the soprano note, write in four parts a triad in first inversion, with the subdominant of G sharp minor in the bass. It seemed to me that such a chord does not exist. The book does not have answers to its exercises. Edit: Added a photo of the page!

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  • Shouldn't C# be in the bass? I updated the post with a picture of the page. – Marcus Cavila Aug 1 '19 at 10:58
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    I have an earlier edition, which simply reads "with subdominant in the bass." Looks like a typo introduced by later editors. – Mirlan Aug 2 '19 at 1:10

The subdominant of G♯ minor is C♯ minor. The C♯ minor chord is C♯-E-G♯. The first inversion of that chord is E-G♯-C♯. So that would mean that E should be the bass note.

But the question is a bit badly worded in that it asks you to put the subdominant of G♯ minor in the bass which could make you think that C♯ should be in the bass. But then it would be root position and not first inversion.


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