Also, has anyone tried other exam boards other than ABRSM?
Any other advice for an adult beginner on treble recorder would be appreciated.
I know quite a lot about the Trinity exam syllabus. In fact I'm taking Grade 6 at the end of this month. It's been a long, hard slog and I'm not sure I'll get much further without a specialist teacher, which is almost impossible to organise where we live.
Whether you choose ABRSM or Trinity as a beginner will depend on how you feel about learning scales and reproducing them under exams conditions. With Trinity from Grades 1 to 5 you get a choice during the exam between playing scales or playing a selection of short technical pieces (choice of 2 out of 3) designed to test your mastery of certain technical aspects of the instrument, like articulation. From Grade 6 onwards you can't avoid the scales. I'm getting a bit jittery about them as we speak because I haven't had to do them for ages. That's how I ended up on the forum today. Thought I might learn something. Oh well, another half an hour's practice before tea time
Also, from memory I think there are differences between the exam boards when it comes to taking an exam on just the descant or just the treble or both. For my Trinity Grade 6, for example, I've prepared 2 descant pieces sandwiched around one treble piece, and treble scales and sightreading. You can tell from that that it's actually quite a demanding exam. You won't need to worry about that just yet, though, so relax.
I wish you every success, Hannah. I'm all for more players taking recorder exams. I came up against quite a lot of blank looks when I started asking experienced recorder players in my area whether they could help me prepare for exams. It's been hard work but I haven't regretted at all.