Quick question - do examiners ever ask for the enharmonic equivalents in the exam, eg Db minor instead of C# Major. Although I know the enharmonic equivalents, in the heat of the moment I'm thinking it would be easy to think Db Major instead, for instance. It would be one less thing to worry about if I knew they didn't ask for the enharmonic equivalents
Scales in exams - enharmonic equivalents
Posted 28 January 2019 - 22:55
Eb/D# minor (more likely)
Gb/F# major (also more likely)
Posted 29 January 2019 - 16:31
When I did ALCM back in 1963 we had to know almost every scale and arpeggio there is. (You dont need scales for A Dips any more!) The first 'arp' he asked me was F# Major ! (all black keys). I do tend to think of that one as Gflat Major.
Posted 29 January 2019 - 17:51
Posted 30 January 2019 - 05:06
In my last exam, the examiner just turned to the relevant page of the syllabus and picked them off the list. I don't think there'd be a reason for them to deliberately ask for the enharmonic equivalent.
It seems to be a naming convention that it's always a 'flat' major and a 'sharp' minor. Presumably from the circle of fifths?
Posted 30 January 2019 - 07:22
I'm pretty sure that they should never ask for enharmonic equivalents, as they are only allowed to ask for scales that are on the lists. That said, I had a pupil in the autumn asked the scales for the wrong grade (yes, I did complain, especially as the supporting tests were also wrong and they added up the marks wrong too)!
Posted 30 January 2019 - 09:09
Yes, but the requirements - eg for Grade 5 piano - just say 'all major and minor scales' - there isn't a list of all 24!
Most enharmonic equivalents aren't that esoteric, so I think it's better to be prepared ( although A# minor would be a real rareity, and I can confidently say that no examiner will ask for Cb major).
Posted 30 January 2019 - 09:15
Last exam I did, the syllabus listed "G# / Ab minor", so I was prepared to be asked for either. Of course, the examiner asked for Gb, which I queried (do you mean G#?). The query seemed to confuse her, I don't think she'd been listening to what she was saying
Posted 31 January 2019 - 09:10
Actually, that's a good point, Maizie - ask the examiner if in any doubt - buys a bit more time as well for the brain to work it out. I did a classic in my lesson yesterday doing arpeggios - I was so convinced that my teacher would start off asking me one that was all on white notes that when he asked for G minor he got G major instead ... Don't do that in an exam!!