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Figured Bass: Common Progressions Exercises

Grade 7 Music Theory: Figured Bass - Common Progressions Exercises

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For each of the following progressions numbered 1-3:

  • name the prevailing key
  • figure the bass line using the most common progressions (use normal figured bass)
  • also write the chords using Roman numeral notation including inversion, below your figured bass


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2. There are two ways to answer this one – can you find both? (They are in the same key).

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3. These bars include a modulation, so give the prevailing key for each of the two bars, and circle the pivot chord (i.e. the chord which exists in both keys and is used to slide into the change of key).

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