Well Yesterday I had my Grade 1 piano Exam which I have been working extremely hard on for a year. I feel really dissapointed with myself because I didnt play my Scales or my pieces half as well as I usually do.. i think it just came down to nerves on the day because I was more than well prepared.
My hands where a bit shakey when playing my scales and they felt really uneven and sloppy.. although I did play all 3 scales I was asked to promptly, they where just not very good.. it felt as if i just rushed through them. My broken chords where okay but still not very smooth and I think i rushed them too.
Then with my first piece it got worse! My hands totally froze and I hit lots of wrong notes. The examiner asked if i wanted to start again, and so i did. But the second time wasn't much better, lots of wrong notes and it completely broke down at one point, but i did see it through to the end.
Second and third pieces where both fine with only one small mistake in the second. The aural went fine I answered all questions correctly I think. The sight reading was pretty bad, no suprises there!
So all in all it was a bad exam and I am really disappointed in myself and my confidence has taken a bit of a knock. My teacher was sure I would do great and always said that the exam would be easy for me. So I feel as if i've let us both down!
What is the standard to pass? Is it possible to pass with an exam as described above??