Hi everyone, after many years of wanting to, I've finally arranged my first Clarinet lesson as an adult, I think I might be approaching a mid-life crisis as I feel I want to pass my clarinet grades, hopefully to grade 8.
I did (and passed) my grade 5 theory after I left school in 1975, and I then did (and passed) my grade 4 Clarinet in 1994.
I bought the new grade 5 ABRSM examination pieces 2008-2013 recently, and I've quite surprised myself as I can muddle through most of the pieces.
I bought a new Clarinet about 3 years ago, a Yamaha YCL650, although I have had various Clarinets since I was about 13 years old, but I only ever had lessons at school, and as I am mostly self taught I would imagine my technique is really bad, although as stated earlier I did pass grade 4 some years ago.
I'm 50 yrs old next month and I am feeling nervous about what my new teacher will make of my Clarinet playing.
I've even got the old scales out, so hopefully I can impress my new teacher when we finally meet in two weeks time.
I have been playing in a very small group in our church over the years, but it is not regular and it is quite basic.
Iâ€™d be interested in any other senior type members and their experiences in taking grades after so many years away from any kind of exams, especially the time factor, I have no idea what is involved in the higher grades, it could take years and years.
Anyway, must dash, love the forum.