Well, finally took my Grade 3 Piano practical yesterday afternoon. My nerves were horrific before and I felt like I could not even take the exam whilst I was sitting outside waiting. Went into the warm up room and one of my pieces just fell to bits at the end after 4 goes at it I gave up. Yet, normally I can always play it!.
Then onto the exam...
Scales went very well for me I think. Probably best I have done, even better than all the mock exams I have had over the last few weeks with my teacher.
Piece 1 - Mozart piece. Went pretty well I think, maybe 1/2 wrong notes hit and maybe rhythm slightly out in places but I was quite happy.
Piece 2 - Prelude - Great to start with then of course as I neared the end it all went pear-shaped as per my warm up, but I finished the piece anyway and work through it.
Piece 3 - Wouldn't it be loverly - Went fairly well, maybe rhythm a bit off in places, but all in all quite happy, other than 1 incorrect note right at the end and it would be the last note too!.
Sight Reading - As good as can be expected, If I pass I will be very happy, but usually I scrape just below pass.
Aural - Overall I think this went very well, maybe my singing is not so good, but probably only lost a mark or too here. On the Pitch/Rhythm he asked 3 questions, pitch/rhythm, where in the piece?... and when I said 'pitch', he also asked was it a lower or higher note!.
So all in all, I came out quite happy. Hopefully a good pass at the very least. I did much better than I thought I would and maybe I self doubt myself too much. Onwards and upwards.
Good luck to everyone else who still has to take their exams.