Hi fellow adult learners/summer exam sitters
I'll hopefully be taking AB grade 3 piano exam in session B July if ready, teacher and I have until early May to decide.
If we do go for it in July I'll be playing B4 hallelujah and C3 Blues in the attic but not yet decided on the A piece, I'm leaning towards bransle de la torche but I also like the other 2 A' pieces Allegro and Giga so think maybe play around with all three and see which one I settle on.
I'm also planning to take G3 piano. I'll play Giga from the A list, the Tchaikovsky piece (Old French Song) from the B list, and also the Blues in the attic one from the C list. I'm a huge Tchaikovsky fan so I'm pleased there's an opportunity to play one of his pieces in the exam and it's actually my favourite of the 3 I've chosen, even though I like all of them. I t took me ages to get the rhythms right for the Blues but when I finally understood the syncopation better, everything else in that piece seemed to come together.
I'm at that point now that I'm focusing on learning some other stuff to avoid the pieces (and also scales etc) going stale. I check in on them weekly but I do feel like I have done them to death! Not saying that there's no room for improvement though...
For sight-reading I use the 'Improve your sight-reading' series by Paul Harris. I'm about half-way through that, although I am moving quite slowly. I also have two specimen sight-reading tests books that I use most times I play.