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C7b. Melodic Decoration and Pedals Exercises

Grade Six Music Theory - C7b. Melodic Decoration & Pedals Exercises

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A. Name each of the following numbered examples of melodic decoration as:

  • Passing note (say whether accented or unaccented)
  • Chromatic passing note (say whether accented or unaccented)
  • Auxiliary note (or neighbour note) (say whether upper or lower)
  • Chromatic auxiliary note (or neighbour note) (say whether upper or lower)
  • Anticipation
  • Suspension
  • Retardation
  • Changing note (including échappée)


melodic-decoration-bach1 0 0melodic-decoration-bach1 0 1melodic-decoration-bach1 0 2melodic-decoration-bach1 0 3melodic-decoration-bach1 0 4

melodic-decoration-bach2 0 0melodic-decoration-bach2 0 1melodic-decoration-bach2 0 2

melodic-decoration-bach3 0 0melodic-decoration-bach3 0 1melodic-decoration-bach3 0 2melodic-decoration-bach3 0 3



melodic-decoration-handel 0 0melodic-decoration-handel 0 1melodic-decoration-handel 0 2melodic-decoration-handel 0 3


B. In the following piece, find an unsustained pedal. Mark its start and end points and say whether it is a tonic or dominant pedal. 




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