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A chord in which the notes are not played simultaneously but rather they are played successively.A chord in which the notes are not all played at once, but in some more or less consistent sequence. They may follow singly one after the other, or two notes may be immediately followed by another two, for example. See also arpeggio in this list, which as an accompaniment pattern may be seen as a kind of broken chord; see Alberti bass.A chord in which notes are played one after the other, rather than at the same time
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