May 2 2008, 02:17 PM
My title says it really - the only information I have come up with so far is that the tempo will be dictated by the bowing requirements, which doesn't seem very specific. Does anyone else know?
May 4 2008, 07:53 PM
Roughly 120 to 130 crotchets per minute would be an acceptable speed at this level.
Seperate bowed notes need to be even, ie. all quavers - although they mark it in the scale books in triplet figures.
At Grade 6 and 7, slurred scales are seven notes to a bow, ie. an octave, which need to be semiquavers in order to fit all the notes into a good full bow. Bow needs to be at a speed that allows sufficient projection of sound.
At Grade 8, slurred are 2 octaves to a bow for two octave scales and 3 octaves to a bow for three octave scales. Fast fingers needed for this, with very good bow control to achieve an even tone.
Have a look at the syllabus, online or printed version, as this details the exact requirements for bowing, but does not indicate speed.