Here is a simple realization of the figured bass. But this is a schoolchild's version, Heinichen says. To achieve a "manierliche Generalbass," or a stylish thorough-bass accompaniment, the player improvised chords in the left hand, while complicating the melody in the right hand and adding improvised embellishments, as shown step-by-step on the next page. (Since Heinichen's example is fragmentary, I have added a fourth measure [not shown here] to make the example sound complete.)