Mar 16 2004, 02:25 AM
duz anyone hav any tips about how to do aural???i read the other aural mssgs but they jus don't HELP!!!
im ok wit sight singing...jus the rest i just CAN't do. in grade 8. o and also sight reading.
Mar 17 2004, 08:16 PM
Im currently teaching a-level students how to cope with grade 8 aural and it tends to be identifying chords that causes most problems. Ideally if you can record yourself or someone on piano Playing a series of chords I and V in a varying sequence, then you write down what the sequence was.
Then try the inversions that they could come in and write this down. Then try adding an additional chord and its inversions. and so on until you can do all of them. I know this sounds abit long winded but it generally does work and you will get really quick after a few attempts. It certainly worked when I did grade 8 so I dont see why it shouldn't provide assistance for you. As for singing the lower bass part, get yourself a chorale book. Play the top line only and try singing the alto part without any accompaniment help, thenas you get better try playing both the soprano and alto part and attempt to sing the tenor part. If you want to try something harder to make you feel more confident try playing the top 3 parts and sing the bass part. (You only need to sing the lowest part of 3 parts I think for Grade 8) but it will certainly put you more at ease when it comes to the exam. The modulations can be done in a similar practice to the chords.
Alternatively you could buyDavid Bowman and Paul Terry Aural Matters book. It contains CD Musical extracts and although aimed at A-level studies it covers melody dictation (Which you could sing back as opposed to playing) and you could answer the questions relating to a piece of music (plus the answers are in the back!) Sorry this is so long but I hope it helps, Good Luck