This study centers on the pedagogical tool "Rule of Octave," crucial for interpreting 18th-century basso continuo notation. The main objective is to contribute to literature by exploring its application in classical guitar performance. The introduction includes accompaniment's flexible nature during baroque and renaissance periods and explaining the concept of basso continuo. The Rule of Octave, vital for basso continuo notation in the 18th century, is explained, with contemporary literature evaluated. In the "Results" section, the Rule of Octave is explained for each degree with chords to be used, with diverse chord voicings across varying guitar positions for C major and A minor scales. The study undertakes to apply the rule of octave on guitar from various positions, despite challenges in achieving uniform chord combinations and voice leading due to the instrument's nature. Studying common cadences, analyzing unfigured basslines ("partimenti"), and understanding key modulations are essential for basso continuo skill advancement. However, it is thought that learning the octave rule can be a good first step for basso continuo performance. The study enriches educational resources and seeks to spark research in octave rule and basso continuo on the classical guitar.

Keywords: Guitar, the Rule of Octave, Basso Continuo, Partimenti, Accompaniment.


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