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Figured Bass: Choosing Chords Exercises

Grade 7 Music Theory Figured Bass: Exercises on Choosing & Figuring Chords

Figure these bass lines appropriately.

  • A chord change is expected with each asterisk.
  • Begin by locating any likely cadences, (and use them to work out the key).
  • Next, scan through looking for places where a suspension might work.
  • Finally, add in the rest of the chords, using the most likely progressions.
  • Leave any 5-3 chords blank, unless they are part of a 6/4- 5/3 progression.

 

1. Adapted from Chorale 362 “Es ist gewißlich an der Zeit”, by J.S. Bach

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2. Adapted from Chorale 195 “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern”, by J.S. Bach.

Take careful notice here of the key – you have a choice of keys for the first cadence, but not for the second.

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3. Adapted from Chorale 196 “Da der Herr Christ zu Tische saß”, by J.S. Bach.

Here, notice the use of both B natural and B flat – what keys are used here? In two places you are asked to provide two chords for a single bass note – think about why this might be.

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