I am working on a second species counterpoint and I am a bit stuck. This is what I have so far:

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Any tips for where to go from here? The exercise I found online gave me all the notes of the CF and only the first 3 notes of the counterpoint below.

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    Just to clarify: the initial "E F# G" of the counterpoint were given, and the following "E D E" were added by you?
    – Aaron
    Feb 5, 2021 at 0:32
  • @Aaron yes, correct! Feb 5, 2021 at 1:00
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    I've done a possible version of the 8 bars, but I am not able to upload the image. It keeps saying it is too big. :( Sorry - I've not tried to add an image here before. If it's of any use, I could explain to you what I did, and you could write the notes down Also, I could explain what I did and why.
    – Jomiddnz
    Feb 5, 2021 at 6:18
  • @Jomiddnz if you want you could explain it here or email it to me: [email protected] Feb 5, 2021 at 11:14
  • @Jomiddnz it might be easier to email it to me. thanks Feb 5, 2021 at 17:33

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I think the biggest sticking point may be the final sixteenth note you have in the opening measure. That last E, if it's intended to be a passing tone within the second-species guideline, is actually impossible to use correctly, because it would necessitate an F♯ on the downbeat of the next measure, which would be a dissonant tritone with the soprano C (and thus not allowed).

Try changing that E to another consonance with the B and see if that helps get you going in the second measure.

  • thanks! I changed it to a G which is a third. But then I am repeating a G in the same measure. Feb 5, 2021 at 22:11

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