QUOTE(DaisyChain @ May 29 2010, 11:57 PM)
I started piano as an adult learner in July 2002. I took grade one the following April, and had reached and passed grade 3 in the autumn term of 2003. I built up my own (little at that time!) repetoire of pieces as well as learning the exam stuff. I was also working full time and teaching in the evenings.
It can be done in a short time..but make sure taking the exam is right for you
and not a teacher/parent who is putting the pressure on. Not saying this is the case with you, but I saw it loads of times when I was teaching.
If you feel ready for it, go for it, but build up a repetoire too.
Good luck to you.
Most certainly, well im 22 the most pressure I had was my nan saying "get a teacher" ~ so I did.. he asked me what I wanted to do, at first I didnt want to do exams.. then a couple of months later I did, so here I am preparing for grade 3 exam .. even working at my theory and towards a grade 5 practical exam.
I put the pressure on my self . .but im constantly aware that just doing exam pieces will leave me open to many weaknesses.
difficult to say how many I learnt. ~ One of the repertoire im learning is Bohemian Rhapsody ~ although most others are classical.
through my learning, Ive gone through Michael aarong G1 and G2 books, ~ Done first 3 pieces of grade 3/4 anthology + grade 2+3 exam pieces ~ as well as scales and recently a huge study in aural tests and sight reading, I even do pretty well at grade 5 sight reading book!
I play about 200 hymns and modern songs as well for local church