Become a Figured Bass Pro in 3 Hours (Music Theory)
This course explains in clear steps how figured bass works and more importantly how you can master it. We'll also take a quick peek why it exists in the first place!
- Perfect for ABRSM Grade 6 and Grade 7 Music Theory Candidates
- Step-by-step methods for acing figured bass exam-style questions
- Learn how to realize a figured bass
- Understand all chord inversions including 7th chords and suspensions
- Learn how to create a figured bass line to fit a given melody
All the fundamentals of musical harmony are explained to you, and you'll get plenty of tips on best practice as well, so your harmony will sound great.
The course also covers specific exam questions which come up in the ABRSM music theory exams (grades 6 and 7), as well as in the UK A Level Music (technical study paper) and AP Music theory.
Each lesson contains real music examples and you get to watch me working through the exam questions in real time. I'll share with you the best way to think through the questions, which rules of harmony have to be obeyed and which are simply guidelines, and how to check through your work to maximize your success.
Each musical example is worked through as per the exam question rubric, but I then show you how that music could be further decorated in practice to produce beautiful music - all audio is included of course!
Figured bass doesn't have to be difficult. Why not take a look at the free preview lessons to get an idea of how a few rules can be transferred into writing the best possible harmony!
The music fundamentals of figured bass take a little time to learn, but once you have mastered the theory, putting it into practice is the fun part. Join me now and take your music theory to the next level!
Keywords: music theory, music fundamentals, figured bass
This lesson revises intervals. We cover the difference between melodic and harmonic intervals, and explain what makes an interval major, minor, perfect, augmented or diminished.
In this lesson you'll revise the basics about triads, chords, their inversions and using the Roman numeral naming system. You can skip this lesson if you already know what chords are and how they are built.
This lesson is a quick revision of the four different types of triad.
- You'll need to now how to read music in the treble and bass clefs.
- You'll need to understand scales, key signatures and intervals reasonably well.
- Learn about the history of figured bass and why it exists
- Have a clear understanding of the rules of harmony in music theory, and how they are applied in practice
- See examples of figured basses that are realized in full
- Learn how to "realize" (expand) a figured bass line into four-part harmony (Grade 6 ABRSM, A level Music Technical Study and AP Music Theory)
- Learn how to create a bass line with figures to fit a given melody (Grade 6 ABRSM)
- Learn how to create a figured bass from a given bass line and melody (Grade 7 ABRSM)
- Learn the music fundamentals which apply to figured bass.
"This course was absolutely first rate in every way. Ms. Williams presented the material clearly, thoughtfully, and with an obvious love of teaching. The only way this could possibly have been any better is to have had the privilege of studying with her in person. I'm amazed by how much information I learned and in such an enjoyable way! Ms. Williams is someone who not only has a deep understanding of music theory, but a rare and wonderful creativity that makes her such an effective teacher of it. Bravo and thank you!"
Victoria graduated from the University of Leeds in 1995 with a BA Honours in Music, specialising in Musicology. She also holds the AmusTCL and LmusTCL diplomas in Music Theory, from Trinity College London.
Since 2007, Victoria has been teaching music theory online and by email via her acclaimed website MyMusicTheory, offering free music theory tuition following the structured syllabus of the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music).
Victoria teaches all ABRSM levels, from grade 1 (beginner) up to grade 8/diploma (undergraduate level) and has an in depth knowledge of both the syllabus requirements and examiners' marking schemes. As well as teaching the ABRSM syllabus, Victoria is equally at home preparing students for the Trinity Guildhall exams, the Australian AMEB exams and the AP Music Theory exams taken in the USA.
Victoria's lessons break the tricky concepts of music and music theory down into easy-to-understand steps. She approaches teaching from the learner's point of view, building up on existing knowledge little by little, and avoids the “baffling with detail" stance taken by traditional music theory text books. She has an outstanding track-record with her students' exam successes, with the vast majority gaining top rated “merits and distinctions" from the ABRSM.
Victoria is an accomplished pianist and clarinettist, holding ABRSM grade 8 in both, and also composes in her free time. She has three children and two crazy cats.