QUOTE(Tantif @ Sep 19 2011, 09:32 PM)
There is a really good software programme/CD called C.A.T.S. which I felt was really helpful for preparing for my grade 5 theory. You can purchase it on the internet.
As for learning the musical dynamics, I found it useful to use index cards which had the Italian or French word on one side and the English on the other. My cards contained every single word which might appear in the exam. everyday I went through them, reading the foreign word, trying to guess it and then turning the card over. It really worked in the exam as I immediately recognised it when I opened the exam paper. I used this in addition to the C.A.T.S. programme.
I really struggled with intervals but managed to scrape the exam with 66%, the pass mark, as I thought I might in 2007. I certainly was not expecting to excel in it..
All the best to you though.
Thanks folks !
QUOTE(Dawnmc71 @ Sep 19 2011, 04:52 PM)
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QUOTE(sbhoa @ Sep 19 2011, 04:33 PM)
Lots of past papers with feedback and extra teaching on any weak areas.
Know your scales/key signatures as this covers more than one question in different guises.
Try to learn by understanding rather than rely on memory aids.
Don't enter for the exam unless you are consistently scoring at least in the high 80s on past papers as this gives a good margin for a bad day.
am doing past exam papers and just scraping thru but still got probs with things like intervals where i got a big fat zero ( for some reason)
happy to help here, there was a very recent post that explained intervals on the forum somewhere. Work the major/perfect interval out (remember, always count from the bottom note (which is 1) and then see how much smaller/bigger it is. 1 semitone smaller is either minor (if a 2nd,3nd,6th or 7th) or diminished if a 4th or 5th. 1 semitone smaller from a minor is a diminished.
One semitone bigger than a major or perfect interval in an augmented.
Does that help??
Thanks a lot !