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Looking for Figured Bass Lessons

Discussion in 'Music Theory [DB]' started by Charles Shores, Aug 24, 2005.


  1. Charles Shores

    Charles Shores Commercial User

    Jul 26, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Owner: Guitar Barre
    Actually I get the figured bass concept, but I need musical examples to work with to practice! Does anyone know where I can find some?

    Thanks!
     
  2. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    All you need is Baroque score; maybe a trio sonata. But unless you know the conventions of Thorough Bass you will be lost. Are you with the classical symbols for notating chord inversion ? what a sharp sign "over " a note stands for ?
     
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Check out the Tonal Harmony book written by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne. It's excellent, thorough, and fairly user friendly.
     
  4. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    user friendly ? ! that is a term i've never heard used in the same sentence with that book !
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Ever tried Piston? Compared to Piston, KP is "Dick and Jane".
     
  6. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    yeah, i prefer Piston. I had to use Koska through many undergrad classes... it is chock full of knowledge but it assumes a level of musical familiarity that many do not have.

    My ultimate favorite theory book is by Heinrich Schenker- But then I am a Schenkarian by training...
     
  7. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Piston was my first, then Ottman. Both very dry.
     
  8. I have both Kostka and Payne, and Ottman. The two books are very different, but both usefull. I would suggest the Kostka and Payne first, and then following up with Ottman, since KP is much easier to read. Ottmann is very dry and confusingly written IMO, but covers a smaller amount of material more thoroughly.
    -Jon