QUOTE(madbassoonist @ Aug 29 2009, 06:33 PM)
Kingsley - in what way(s) are the jazz aurals different from classical exam aurals, and when did you take your G3 jazz? (I mean, what level on classical clarinet were you then?)
I took the exam in the spring term, so I was working towards grade 8, but I'd say that it was nowhere near grade 8 standard. I went for grade 3 because it was my first jazz exam and I wanted to get a feel for them. I think they only go up to grade 5 in associated board anyway.
The aural tests (G3) are:
1. First you have to clap the pulse along to a melody played by the examiner, joining in as soon as you can. Then the examiner plays the same piece again and he tells you to clap on a certain beat of the bar.
2. The examiner plays four 4-bar phrases, and you have to sing each back after it has been played.
3. The examiner plays four more 4-bar phrases, but this time you have to sing or play an improvised response. The examiner plays an accompaniment for the duration of the test.
The aural would vary from grade to grade, but it would probably be quite similar.
Sightreading is also different for jazz exams. For grade 3 I was given four bars and then had to improvise for four bars. They give you 30 seconds to look at the sightreading and practise a few ideas for the improvising.
I found that as I was a grade much higher than the exam I took, on all of the improvising I could show off a bit more, and it's definitely a way to improve performing skills.