I am currently reading through the Complete Musician and the current subject is second species counterpoint. I've written about 5 or 6 counterpoints so far in first and second species. That said there is no real indication of whether you did a good job. I followed the rules outlined and I got something that sounds good. I really like Bach music so I tried to copy what I remember hearing from listening to him.
So my question is how do I know when I have succeeded the current lesson and can move on to the next chapter? I feel like I understand the rules they gave pretty well, and I could write counterpoint reliably without making any mistakes.
Heres the last counterpoint I wrote, in the bass. I think it sounds good but I don't know if I succeeded:
The numbers are the harmonic intervals. The stars are dissonant weak notes which are favored over consonant ones.