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by Gill the Piano » 12 Mar 2012, 17:20
by Colin Nicholson » 12 Mar 2012, 19:59
by Nutroast » 17 Mar 2012, 13:11
Nutroast wrote:Good grief, much of what you just said was like a foreign language to me. It saddens me that I'll never make it to the dizzy heights of grade anything but at least I enjoy playing what I can.
I'm very impressed that you're going for grade 3 Dave, you sound well prepared already.
by OneHandOnly » 17 Mar 2012, 16:50
OneHandOnly wrote:Good luck with the exam Dave, but please don't talk about sight reading
I got talked into going for grade 2 in less than 3 weeks time and only started sight reading 1 month ago, can you still pass an exam without being able to read jack s**t . Well, this could be my first and last exam as i can't play a single note infront of anyone, oh the shame
by OneHandOnly » 17 Mar 2012, 18:16
OneHandOnly wrote:More than 9 points would be great Going forward i'll practise it everyday,it has to get easier eventually .
Not to bothered about performing in public though, but i've promised myself an expensive grand if and when i get to grade 8 so could do with passing this one.
by Colin Nicholson » 17 Mar 2012, 18:34
OneHandOnly wrote: can you still pass an exam without being able to read jack s**t . Well, this could be my first and last exam as i can't play a single note infront of anyone, oh the shame
Colin Nicholson wrote:OneHandOnly wrote: can you still pass an exam without being able to read jack s**t . Well, this could be my first and last exam as i can't play a single note infront of anyone, oh the shame
To answer your question above.... YES - you can still pass the exam even if you fail your sight reading (but hopefully you wont!).... it just means though that you have to get higher marks in the other subjects to make up for it. 100 is the pass mark (ABRSM) - whichever way you do it - equivalent to 66%.
Try and get good marks in your scales (basically, do what it says on the tin!) - and if you can aim for around between 22 - 26 or higher for your pieces, that should cover any mistakes in your sight reading and/or aural tests.
Nerves also play an important part on the day, so maybe try to play the piano in front of a few people.... controlling nerves is almost a separate subject in itself!! If you can play to your family say, playing then to an examiner will be easier.
by OneHandOnly » 18 Mar 2012, 20:21
by OneHandOnly » 18 Mar 2012, 21:08
OneHandOnly wrote:By the way, i have the purple grade 3 book i'll give it a whirl and let you know how i get on tomorrow.
by Gill the Piano » 21 Mar 2012, 18:44
by Gill the Piano » 21 Mar 2012, 19:01
by Feg » 21 Mar 2012, 19:18
dave brum wrote:Okay Gill. Wednesday. Paul Harris first melodic exercise in stage 2, okay. Despair dirges, one correct, one rhythms okay but some wrong notes. Of course I didn't enjoy them (never do) but still did 'em nonetheless.
My old psychotherapist told me to look for joy in bad situations.
There! Is that positive enough??
by Gill the Piano » 21 Mar 2012, 19:54
Gill the Piano wrote:No. Don't call them 'despair dirges' etc., etc.. Just sigh treading... You condition yourself every time you say something negative. Sounds stupid, but say 'O good, sigh treading!!!' before you do each one; the mind is easily tricked!
by Gill the Piano » 22 Mar 2012, 18:42
dave brum wrote:I have my lesson at 3 today, will let youse all know how I get on. Weather looks good for a lovely uphill calorie-burning mile or so's walk up there.
This morning's practice has been everything but 'that thing'. I'm going to do those there because I'm a perseverance motivated masochist it seems.
Gill the Piano wrote:Grit yer teef, smile, and say 'O good, sightreading!' in a sunny voice. Go on, you can do it!!
by Gill the Piano » 22 Mar 2012, 22:19
Gill the Piano wrote:Try it. It won't hurt you. Humour me...
by Gill the Piano » 23 Mar 2012, 18:42
dave brum wrote:The temptation is very strong to put in place some sort of contrived evasion mechanism.
by OneHandOnly » 23 Mar 2012, 21:30
OneHandOnly wrote:Hi Dave Well, what can i say? Your posts have given my a right laugh .Seriously, i think you're taking it too seriously and nobody enjoys making mistakes,i fregularly feel like taking a hammer to my piano but i resist. As for sight reading, you'll get it when you get it,then you won't hate it as much,until then you'll hate it like i do
by OneHandOnly » 23 Mar 2012, 21:40
OneHandOnly wrote:Great, you can take them with you in the afterwhile and spend an eternity doing 2 a day
OR you could post less and do half an hour a day,try it for a month, who knows, with some faster improvement will come the joy of sight reading
Gill the Piano wrote:dave brum wrote:The temptation is very strong to put in place some sort of contrived evasion mechanism.
I always put my herbs and spices in alphabetical order... Just humour me and say it every time you sit down to do some s****r*****g. Pleeeeeeeeeeeease....
OneHandOnly wrote:.....will come the joy of sight reading
by Colin Nicholson » 24 Mar 2012, 18:09
Colin Nicholson wrote:Dave..? are you doing any theory of music aswell? ,,,, such as the Grade 3 ABRSM (yellow book) - to match the sight reading level. Just wondered.
Not sure if you've got this book (yet another!) .... the Joan Last sight reading books. They work on each key at a time progressively.
If you can spot triad forms, parts of scales, chord patterns etc 'within' a melody & accomp. - then the theory side helps to establish a good overall picture of the music.
May help hopefully....
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