QUOTE(niobe @ Oct 25 2011, 03:23 PM)
Hope I am not being dreadfully dense but I have come up against a brick wall!!!
Earlier this morning I made a start on the first chapter re Q 1(a) of Theory Workbook Grade 6 but ground to a halt on page 4, point 2
. All was going well as I had identified the triads as directed. It then states; some chords will be easy to choose; for example bar 2, where the first chord must be V.
Why oh why must the first chord be V in bar 2 ??????
Sorry if I am being hopeless, everything else is properly explained but this statement is not explained and I am giving myself a headache trying to work it out (and I dont see my piano teacher until next week!).
If anyone can help I would be very grateful.
Niobe, I think you have a good point here. The first chord in bar 2 doesn't HAVE to be V, it just looks to be a good "fit" if you were to write a perfect cadence at this point.
What helps me - and I hope will help enough to secure good marks next week - is to write out the triads in the key you're in, making sure to indicate major and minor, aug or dim. It helps to visualise the notes within a given chord at any one time. I would also suggest, once you've got an idea of which chords you want to use, roughing out a base line as per your suggestions and seeing how well they compliment the given melody.
Hope this helps - don't get too tied up with this point. This workbook is a great help but I think once you've found your own process and remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE, you'll be fine. Get lots of past papers directly from the board also as this has really, really helped me.