QUOTE(IanG @ Jun 9 2011, 11:32 AM)
I was thinking about getting the ABRSM pieces and CD for one of the jazz grades (for clarinet) but not sure which level to go for.
At the moment I'm playing some grade 4 classical pieces but have noticed that the jazz grades only go up to 5 whereas the others go up to 8. Does this mean the grading levels are different ? Can anyone advise me how they compare?
I'm not a teacher and can't really advise you on what grade to start at with Jazz.
My daughter has taken both Jazz and classical grades and what I can say is the heads are generally slightly easier for wind instruments. I'm not sure this holds with Piano. These grades are though testing something different as all the pieces require improvisation. I suppose it depends on your improv skills as to where you start.
They are fun though and it's probably worth you having a look at the books in a music shop. You need to buy the book, CD backing and the scales/aural books.