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Anyway, trying to look on the positive side, at least until I receive the result, I have bought the grade 2 2009-2010 exam pieces and they look soooo hard!
All you experienced people out there, are they hard, or do they just look much harder to me. It seems like a big jump after grade 1. I have had a little go on a couple of bars but I am feeling quite scared off.
No-one in my family/social group plays a musical instrument, so any feedback welcome.
I took the exam on Saturday 22nd November and the examiner said I should hear in a couple of weeks. If you are interested I will put the result on here.
And yes, I have discovered the youtube thing. It was fine for the grade 1, as there were loads of videos, but there are very few for grade 2 2009/10. I guess people haven't done them yet.
I was a start from scratch person, no previous music anything. My teacher started me on 5 fingers etc and nursery rhymes. I can't remember when I started learning the grade 1 pieces. She did a bit of everything each lesson, scales etc, parts of pieces, then she included the aural stuff. For a couple of months before the exam she did a mock test each week.
On the day, the nerves hit me bad, my hands shook and my head went kind of fuzzy. I am sure everyone is different so please don't be put off by my disposition. My teacher had said I was capable of distinction, don't know if she was just being nice, but I fluffed up quite a bit in my opinion.
The exam went just as we had rehearsed, apart from the jelly fingers. I chose to do scales etc first, then pieces, then aurals. I managed to la la la successfully, phew!
I think it really does depend how kind they are to first timers. Will have to let you know about that. The examiner was pleasant enough, but just did his job.
Hope this is what you meant, but please just ask me anything and I will give you an answer.
I have got a couple of second hand books to look at but I struggle trying to find something I like. It takes so long to work out just one line... so frustrating... can't wait until I am quicker.
My teacher said she wants me to have a bit of fun before I start grade 2. I am sure she is right, but I have a little niggle that by the time I have learned a piece for fun I might have been half way through an exam piece. I can hear you screaming, "What's the rush?"
Mind you, if I get bad news about grade 1, I will have to re-think it all anyway.
I am the proud owner of a Yamaha UX1, similar to U1 or U3, it is imported but all checked out by a good dealer, Sussex Pianos. My hubby bought it for my 40th, but a year early so I could start learning as soon as possible.
I know diddly about pianos so don't tell me it's rubbish, I'd rather not know, because I think it's lovely. It is a shiny black one. The piano chap had two of them and he hired the other one out to Keane when they recorded their album. Weak claim to fame
Hi ebonyivory!ebonyivory wrote:My teacher said she wants me to have a bit of fun before I start grade 2. I am sure she is right, but I have a little niggle that by the time I have learned a piece for fun I might have been half way through an exam piece. I can hear you screaming, "What's the rush?"
Yeah don't rush, have a break from exam stuff, and learn some pieces you really want to. Find pieces you want to learn thats roughly your level then and go through them with your teacher!
I'm going through my grade one pieces with my teacher, I haven't actually moved off the first piece yet, she won't let me! maybe next lesson? I'm sure I have cracked it just. I can't wait to get this exam stuff out of the way and work on some proper stuff! because its the real pieces I want to learn not exam stuff.
As you are more experienced then me and Dave about exams could you answer this question? where abouts did you have the exam, was it a place near you like a local school or college with a piano? And do you take the music theory test at the same time, or is it a separate test?
I went to a community centre in the next town to take my exam. I was surprised there wasn't somewhere closer, but it was no real problem as it was a Saturday and I had time to get there.
As for theory, there wasn't a theory part of the exam as such. I have been learning bits as I go...that's how my teacher does it. I wonder if you are thinking of the aural bit, when you answer a couple of questions on a short piece of music that the examiner plays and you clap the time. From what I can work out, you do a theory test at grade 5, but please ask a teacher that one.
I get the feeling that examiners are v. sympathetic to adult candidates and are aware that they suffer from nerves far more than kids do.
Well done for giving it a go - and your piano IS a nice one, and you won't need to worry about changing it for a few years yet, if ever!
My teacher teaches/accompanies several instruments and plays piano at their exams etc she also gets students that have learned so far with another teacher then come to her for finishing off. She has told me she gets quite cross with the teachers that leave the theory and just whizz people through the grades.
The plan, when we bought the piano, was that it should see me into old age and through any exams etc. As you know it was quite a big financial decision, we considered going cheaper, but then thought we might end up buying again later on. So, I am lucky to have a such a nice piano when I can't play anything!!! :lol: