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Jun 21 2011, 09:57 PM
Joined: 12-October 08
Member No.: 41935
I did grade 7 viola today, and am a bit worried about how my scales have gone. I don't suppose anyone could suggest the sort of mark I might have got?
C and Eb major: both were fine
D minor harmonic: a complete mess, ended up a cross between harmonic and melodic
Db minor melodic: fine on way up, then somehow ended nearer D than Db (last note - which was right - sounded extremely flat)
Dominant 7th: fine
Diminished 7th: a bit wobbly, not disastrous
C Chromatic: fine
Eb double-stops: very good
Arpeggios: all fine
By fine I mean tuning was fine and rhythm was consistent. A couple of "fines" may have been a wee bit on the slow side, but there wasn't any hesitation (except for a small mind-blank as I tried to work out what the starting note of a dominant 7th in the key of A is, I had to think for a couple of seconds).
As you can see, it was quite a mixed bag! If some scales are bad, does that mean you can't pass? Or is it done more as an average? Thank you!
Jun 21 2011, 10:19 PM
Joined: 29-January 07
Member No.: 9268
Nothing you can do about it now so please don't worry. I find that very often my most self-critical pupils come out expecting disasters and have actually got better marks on the day than they might have led me to expect. Depends, too, on how strict the examiner was - it shouldn't vary as much as it does but I've had pupils play scales beautifully and virtualy spotlessly who have been docked marks by one examiner and the spectacular opposite, where a grade 8 pupils got FULL marks for scales despite (to my ear at least, and I'm his teacher!) a VERY dodgy scale in thirds which was stopped before he got to the top (so that he only went up and not down).
Relax now and play lots of fun stuff that puts a smile on your face. And when the result comes, remember it's literally one person's snapshot of that one performance. Just to go through the learning journey to get to taking Grade 7 is fantastic, well done for all your hard work. That is far more valuable and long lasting to you to building the player in you for the future than just a marksheet for one day.
...oh, and do let us know when your result comes through!
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