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    Any basso contintuo experts??

    This is an organist forum so obviously i mean carrying figured bass accompaniaments on sight (or even by ear) and whathaveyou. How did you learn? Did you practice from figured bass notation? This "realization" of the figured bass notation, how is it done, and what really does it all involve? Did you learn it alongside a harmony study? This is a useful matter to discuss.

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    Hi Praeludium,

    I needed to attend special figured bass course in my studies. It was great, however you need to have good harmony theory knowledge to become really good at sight reading figured bass. And of course you have to practice it alot too.

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    Yeah - I had to do figured bass at college too. Ghastly!

    (mind you - makes working from top line and changes and awful lot easier)

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    Hehe - had to read from figured bass on harpsichord at College for Early Music ensembles. If I had the score before we were due to play, I'd actually go thru it at home and write the chord names at the top like a fake sheet. which is of course also known as "cheating". If I had to sight read, I'd bluff my way through with where I though the chord progressions were heading. Haven't done it for years. As already mentioned, it takes a fair bit of practice.

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    Soubasse the cheater

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    Yep - I used to do that too.

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    You cheaters!

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    Hey whatever works - I've seen very well-known professional players do exactly the same thing!

    My lecturer saw one of my doctored scores during rehearsal and proclaimed "What's with all the 'Pop' chords??"
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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post
    My lecturer saw one of my doctored scores during rehearsal and proclaimed "What's with all the 'Pop' chords??"

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