Exploring Baroque ground basses and understanding bass clef notation

In this lesson, you will learn about the role of the basso continuo and ground bass in Baroque music. You will explore how to play the ground bass stylistically in a virtual Baroque ensemble!

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.When was the Baroque Period?

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Q2.What is the main texture of Pachelbel's Canon in D?

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Q3.What are the two sharps in the key of D major?

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Q4.In a scale, what number note is the 'root' note?

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Q5.Which instrument would we find in the Baroque period?

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Q6.What is a canon?

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Q7.What do we call melodic decorations in music?

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Q8.What is this ornament and how do you play it?

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Q9.What is a phrase?

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Q10.What is the correct word for getting louder?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.When was the Baroque Period?

1/10

Q2.What is the main texture of Pachelbel's Canon in D?

2/10

Q3.What are the two sharps in the key of D major?

3/10

Q4.In a scale, what number note is the 'root' note?

4/10

Q5.Which instrument would we find in the Baroque period?

5/10

Q6.What is a canon?

6/10

Q7.What do we call melodic decorations in music?

7/10

Q8.What is this ornament and how do you play it?

8/10

Q9.What is a phrase?

9/10

Q10.What is the correct word for getting louder?

10/10

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Quiz:

How does a bass line 'ground' the music?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What does melody mean?

1/10

Q2.What does accompaniment mean?

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Q3.What is a ground bass?

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Q4.How long are the notes in the ground bass in Pachelbel's canon?

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Q5.What is the basso continuo?

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Q6.Who plays the basso continuo?

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Q7.What part of the basso continuo does the cello/bass viol play?

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Q8.What is the bass clef used for?

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Q9.What are the notes in the spaces in the bass clef?

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Q10.What are the notes on the lines in the bass clef?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

How does a bass line 'ground' the music?

Don’t worry if you get a question wrong! Forgetting is an important step in learning. We will recap next lesson.

Q1.What does melody mean?

1/10

Q2.What does accompaniment mean?

2/10

Q3.What is a ground bass?

3/10

Q4.How long are the notes in the ground bass in Pachelbel's canon?

4/10

Q5.What is the basso continuo?

5/10

Q6.Who plays the basso continuo?

6/10

Q7.What part of the basso continuo does the cello/bass viol play?

7/10

Q8.What is the bass clef used for?

8/10

Q9.What are the notes in the spaces in the bass clef?

9/10

Q10.What are the notes on the lines in the bass clef?

10/10

Lesson summary: Exploring Baroque ground basses and understanding bass clef notation

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