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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 22 2011, 12:32 PM
Joined: 14-January 05
From: Burwell, Cambridgeshire
Member No.: 2939
I've just read through your description of your scales and my predicted mark 15. Please let me know how far off the mark I am.
Many you describe as fine. The others you can accurately describe in detail how you went wrong.
Anyone who can do that is not that far wide of the mark.
Now relax. One component does not a whole exam make, and 15 is a pass in scales.
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