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#1 gav_1988

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 13:37

As in the title, really.
 

Once I've patched up the gaps in my grade 5 theory knowledge (currently working through the booklet of 2018 papers - getting most things right when marking myself against the model answers booklet, but 2019 me is just as bad as 2001 me was at naming intervals, though somehow I manage to write them if they tell me the interval they want), I'd like to try my hand at grade 6. I was wondering if any of you have any experience with this and/or can recommend any resources to use? 

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#2 JudithJ

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 13:47

https://www.udemy.co...arn/v4/overview
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These are nice, gentle, clear, well planned lessons that take you from zero to grade 8 with chances for quizzes and the opportunity to question the teacher. He is a professor at a US university, and is putting his undergraduate and postgraduate theory courses online. Obviously, you won't need to start at the beginning.

Udemy has a sale on this weekend...
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#3 fsharpminor

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Posted 20 April 2019 - 14:28

Personally I always found intervals one of the easier parts of the theory papers. First count the size of the interval . Then see if the top note occurs in the major scale of the bottom note. If so  a 2nd,3rd,6th 7th would be major and a 4th 5th or 8th would be perfect.   If not then work out how it differs.   If the gap is a semitone more than Major/Perfect , then it is augmented.

Now when it is a semitone short of being major , it is a minor 2nd 3rd 6th or 7th, if it is two semitones (ie a tone) short of being major, it is diminished.  But if one semitone short of perfect , then it is diminished.


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#4 GillJ

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 12:32

I’ve studied fo the advanced theory grades with Gareth Green. He has a lot of videos on YouTube and also some packages on his website for the advanced theory which you need to buy. I think he has around 30k followers on YouTube now! I can’t recommend him highly enough...I did Skype sessions with him. His company is Music Matters.
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Posted 23 April 2019 - 02:31

Thanks for all your replies :)

JudithJ  - Udemy is great. I use it quite a bit for programming tutorials. They have sales very frequently :) 
fsharpminor - that's a very neat and concise way of thinking about intervals - thanks! 
GillJ - I've watched some of his videos on YouTube, they look very useful! 


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