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Grade 7 ABRSM Figured Bass

figured bassIn the ABRSM Grade 7 Music Theory exam, the first question is always a figured bass question, and it's worth 15% of the whole exam.

You will be given a melody and bass line in the Baroque style, and will be asked to supply the likely harmony in the form of figured bass symbols, below the stave.

You are expected to be able to use the standard chords (5-3, 6-3 and 6-4), and will most likely also be confronted with some more complex harmony, such as added 7th chords, added 9th chords, suspensions and chromatically altered chords.

The chord progressions you choose will also need to be typical of those used in the Baroque period.

This question builds on the 4-part harmony knowledge acquired at grade 6. The wider vocabulary of chords reflects real-world practice more than the grade 6 questions do, and you will be expected to handle key changes with ease as well.


At the bottom of this page you will find links to our free online figured bass course. For best results, do the lessons in the order they are presented. If you need additional help, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we can mark your exercises or provide other guidance.


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