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#91 gav_1988

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 16:21

biggrin.png  Oh my! I passed my G1 piano yay.gif piano.gif And with distinction. Can't quite believe it considering my hands were shaking so much they bounced off the keys! Full marks for aural too. 

Well done Scaredycat! 


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#92 Ligneo Fistula

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 16:50

Congratulations to Scaredycat, Ligneo Fistula, and saxStef.  Well done, everyone!
 

Thank you Doc!

 

 

biggrin.png  Oh my! I passed my G1 piano yay.gif piano.gif And with distinction. Can't quite believe it considering my hands were shaking so much they bounced off the keys! Full marks for aural too. 

Well done Scaredycat! 

 

Yes, very well done Scaredycat!


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#93 gav_1988

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 19:13

 

 

Oh well. Nerves/adrenaline got the better of me and I played all my pieces at rushed tempi.  Some glaring howlers dotted throughout, but on balance better than I feared it could have turned out.  I'm sure the examiner was kind and gave me the easiest sight-reading exercise – I agree with saxStef about the practice material.

 

I now plan to take a year out from piano exams and aim to play many more pieces at the same level to really solidify my skills. But I particularly want to improve my sight reading and aural.

 

As ever, the very best of luck to all those taking exams this session!

Fingers crossed that you get what you want, LF! Sounds like there was some positives in there!

 

You were right, gav.  I had predicted 129 and was looking to getting a merit, but actually scraped a distinction 130 although I believe borderline marks are shifted upwards.

 

Just waiting for G5 theory now.

 

 

Well done LF, onwards and upwards! 


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#94 gav_1988

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Posted 09 July 2019 - 19:25

My results are in. I got a Merit on my Grade 6 saxophone.

As I wrote earlier, I felt awfully about my performance, due to issues with my reed and setup. I think I compounded the problem by feeling nervous because of this and rushing, in particular in the unaccompanied piece.

That made me lose several points, leading to a 127/150 total.

 

I need to use this experience as a lesson, and be prepared to handle this kind of situations in the future.

 

The other sections (scales, sight reading, aural) did not go too bad, considering my initial fears.

Super annoying how unpredictable reeds can be sometimes! Especially when you find one that just 'works'. What are you using? I'm wondering whether to give the Legeres a go.

A high merit, with or without a rogue setup, is a very respectable result. Well done.

Lots of nice pieces on the grade 7 list to get stuck into. Enjoy! 


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 16:20

Argh! G3 Piano exam tomorrow.  Had to bring the exam forward over a week because of another VERY important commitment, so I am feeling that the last-minute preparation has been rushed.  Starting to get nervous, so I am going out to the theatre tonight to take my mind off it!


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 16:59

Argh! G3 Piano exam tomorrow.  Had to bring the exam forward over a week because of another VERY important commitment, so I am feeling that the last-minute preparation has been rushed.  Starting to get nervous, so I am going out to the theatre tonight to take my mind off it!

Everything crossed for you, Sylvette!


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 17:00

Thank you!


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 21:51

Good luck Sylvette!
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 17:37

So I turned up at the exam centre this afternoon, only to be told "you are not on the list"!  Cue panic phone call to teacher (who made the booking).  He sent me a screen shot of the appointment, and it transpired that I WAS on the examiner's list, but not on the rep's.  Result, only about 2 minutes of warm-up time (despite arriving 30 mins early) and nerves even worse than before I arrived.  My hands were shaking so much, I could barely play a note.  

Oh, well, I don't need the qualification, I am only doing it for 'fun'.


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#100 Ligneo Fistula

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 17:45

Oh, Sylvette. How absolutely awful.  I'm really sorry your day turned out like it did.  Are you going to lodge an appeal? I know you've said it's for fun, however exams are not cheap and at least you should get your money's worth. Afterall, all ABRSM's literature make a big deal of making the exam experience as best as possible for candidates.


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 18:15

Ouch!  I'm sorry to hear that, Sylvette.  Do contact the board, or ask your teacher to do so.  That is not sort of experience they want candidates to have at all.  Was the examiner aware of the situation?


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 09:56

Well it's nearly time to head off to the exam, Grade 4 piano.  Getting nervous now, can't do anymore practice , what will be will be.....rolleyes.gif


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#103 Sylvette

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 11:25

Thank you, Ligneo Fistula and Dr Rogers, for your kind words.  Yes, my teacher is going to lodge a complaint.  It really did add to my stress levels, which were quite high enough to begin with and I am sure it impacted my playing.  I made far more mistakes in the scales and arpeggios than I would expect to, and while I got through my pieces, only the third one was anything like fluent.  

However, what is done is done and I am now trying not to think about the result.  For the time being I am going to forget about exams and concentrate on enjoying repertoire.


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#104 Ligneo Fistula

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Posted 12 July 2019 - 11:34

Well it's nearly time to head off to the exam, Grade 4 piano.  Getting nervous now, can't do anymore practice , what will be will be.....rolleyes.gif

Hey, hope everything went as well as you planned or better!  Let us know how you got on.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 12:04

 

Well it's nearly time to head off to the exam, Grade 4 piano.  Getting nervous now, can't do anymore practice , what will be will be.....rolleyes.gif

Hey, hope everything went as well as you planned or better!  Let us know how you got on.

 

Well that didn't go quite as planned!  Scales OK - couple of minor errors, 1st piece the nerves kicked in so feel I made a mess of that.  2nd peice went OK, and 3rd piece a minor error.  Sight reading was OK (I think) and aural - no idea how that that went - probably as well as can be exepected.  Feeling cross for making a mess of the first piece - played it hundreds of times without error and then on the day crying.gif  Oh well, just have to wait and see what happens.


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