QUOTE(jojo @ Jul 28 2007, 07:19 AM)
QUOTE(maddielou_ @ Jul 27 2007, 10:36 PM)
I have been teaching myself piano on a keyboard for ageeess!
But finally after begging for ages I finally have my own proper piano.
I have played violin for nine years and flute for five and took grade five theory a couple of years ago so I'm not at all new to music.
I have had the grade two syllabus for a while now and intend to take it in november to see how I'm doing.
Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to get a good technique ettc?
Any general tips on playing piano or has anyone taken/is taking gr2 anytime soon?
I will be taking grade 2 in november slot. I have learnt the pieces: Allegro, Balletto, Bourree, Der Kuckuck und die Nachtigall, The Bee, Close to Danger and Garage Sale. I am also learning grade 3 pieces but as my teacher believes that one should enter an exam ideally only if you are ready to get a distinction I have to wait til september to see if she thinks I would get that for grade 3 in november, if she is confident then she will enter me for grade 3 (I know all my scales up to grade 4).
Although my teacher doesn't particularly 'like' the recordings I have bought them and I find it useful to listen to them, but like someone rightly said :'Don't try and imitate them too much', they are played by very experienced pianists giving them their personal touch/interpretation, and even if you are at distinction level for grade 2 you will probably not play them exactly like them (also because of the personal factor).
I also found useful the teaching notes booklet which I bought a couple of months ago. Another very useful publication is 'These music exams' which is free from ABRSM.
I'd be happy to keep in touch with you to exchange tales of success and hardship and also tips on fingering etc
Have you taken exams in violin or other instruments in the past? that will help a lot of course.
Hello, Thank you for all your comments!
I have learn Balletto, The Bee and Garage Sale as I think I will probably do those in my exam, though I might have a go at some of the others.
I'm going to buy the CD as well, as I did that with my violin pieces and it improved them a lot as I could have the music in front of me and be able to hear it as well.
"I'd be happy to keep in touch with you to exchange tales of success and hardship and also tips on fingering etc
" I would love to do that, I like to have a good moan with someone in the same position.
What I am finding particularily difficult is the fingering on the major/minor scales. I can do the chromatics and appegios fine. But trying to follow the fingering in the book for the other scales in a nightmare! I know what should be in the scales and they are not particularily hard, its just getting that fingering right!
I have taken gr1 2 3 4 in violin and in october i am taking gr7 (out of the normal times on a special visit thing!) and I have taken gr2 3 4 on flute. So i'm not a newbie to exams thankfully!