It's come to light in another thread today that some people who sit jazz exams prepare their solos and play them pretty much note for note as prepared, give or take the odd slight variation. Does anybody know what the AB's official view on this is?
I'm really surprised, as I thought you'd be expected to genuinely improvise - ie play something you hadn't worked out beforehand. Yes obviously you base it around certain scales you're already familiar with, and you can work out certain licks etc but surely there's a line you shouldn't cross? And that line is actually working out a solo and pretty much or even entirely reproducing it to order?
One poster said they got Grade 5 distinction playing a pre-prepared solo! Another poster said 'how would the examiner ever know anyway?' or words to that effect.
I'm seriously quite shocked. What do others here think?
Also, how does the quick study work, and what proportion of the marks does it take up?