In this second Baroque class, practical progressions are used to focus on playing three-part harmony on the guitar in a classical style. V-I and IV-V-I cadences are a hallmark of the Baroque period, all of classical music, and music in general. The exercises contained in this class utilize some of the most important concepts in multi-line playing.
Pedal points throughout all three voices are heavily represented in the exercises. Important cycles are covered; cycle 4 and cycle 6 using both diatonic target chords and non-diatonic targets. 8th note lines are distributed among the three voices and chord voicings specific to Baroque counterpoint on the guitar are featured throughout the exercises. Both closed voicings and open voicings are utilized, the latter yielding a very full sound, with great separation between bass and upper voices. There is an emphasis on the very important use of secondary dominants, adding a very colorful sound to the examples.
Working with the exercises in this class, the guitarist will ideally use his/her mind and fingers to trace the three moving voices while building up valuable dexterity and finger memory. Through detailed harmonic/melodic study, diligent practice and original exercises written by the student, it’s possible for guitarists to eventually be able to do what the Baroque masters were so accomplished at: improvising counterpoint!
- Running time: 70 minutes
- 12 pages of written material in PDF format in standard notation and TAB
- Soundslice enhanced examples!