Early Music Workouts

Our Early Music Workouts combine the scholarship of our critical performing editions with backing tracks to provide an innovative resource for amateur, student and professional musicians to develop key musicianship skills relevant to early music and historical performance practice. 
 
Features:
  • Printable and screen-readable pdf files.
  • Worksheets covering theory, examples and practical exercises.
  • Accompanying backing tracks and videos suitable for instruments at various pitches. 
  • Multiple speeds to aid progression. 
  • Work off-line, or using the website.

Exercises for Improvised Embellishment of 16th and Early 17th Century Music, by Martin Perkins and Richard Thomas.

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This series of workbooks and accompanying backing tracks is a practical guide for musicians seeking to develop the skill of performing stylistic ornamentation in the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque. We have drawn upon the wealth of surviving tutor books and treatises of the period to devise a graded approach to learning the embellishments that are so integral to a historical approach to playing the music. The reader will be able to put the examples into practice by playing along with the backing tracks. At the end of the volume there is a full Renaissance motet, madrigal or chanson with indications of where the reader will be able to insert examples ‘in context’. Each track features organ playing the musical example in strict time, repeated multiple times to enable to reader to focus on the embellishments.

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Exercises for Improvising over Ground Basses of the Sixteenth to Early Eighteenth Centuries, by Martin Perkins
 

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Choisest Grounds is a practical guide for musicians seeking to develop the skill of improvising embellishing over Renaissance and Baroque grounds basses. 12 ground basses are covered: Passamezzo antico, passamezzo moderno, romanesca, bergamsca, ruggiero, canario, monica, ciaccona, chaconne, folia, passacaglia and passacaille. Variants are also presented, so that the total number of ground basses presented is 37. Each of these grounds is presented with simple melody and chords in three different keys giving the reader a large variety to stretch performers and suit most instrumental ranges. The reader will be able to put the examples into practice by playing along with the backing tracks or by watching the score and audio videos online. Each track features harpsichord playing chord progressions over which the reader can practice adding embellishments. The tempi start at a steady pace and increase gradually through the repetitions of the ground.

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