Friday, November 27, 2015

How Do You Figure? A Guide To Figured Bass

This week we talked about Figured Bass, so let's dive right in! As always, put your answers in the comments below or on the video.

1) Here's some bass notes. See if you can figure out which inversion they're in, then see if you can figure out which chord they are. Remember to use the key signature!

2) This is a full figured bass example. Start by identifying the inversions. If you want, try to analyze the chords. If you really want, maybe try realizing it in four parts. Don't worry if it's not perfect, this stuff takes practice and the voiceleading on this one is a challenge at times.

3) What do you think about figured bass? Does it seems like a better or worse system than chord symbols? Why? What benefits does it have over chord symbols, and what drawbacks? Why might you want to use one or the other? There are no wrong answers here, and I'd love to hear what you think.

And that's that! we'll see you next week!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the exercises. I know that I still need to work on my voice leading though.