QUOTE(Fizzynoodlepot @ Jul 7 2010, 03:32 PM)
Now I can go shopping for a new violin ..... I feel a new post coming up ..... what shall I buy.
Perhaps you guys won't have to wait much longer. Fingers crossed
Fantastic! I can't believe you've already heard! I'm sure it's going to be at least another week before we do.
Go on, spill the beans, what marks and comments did you get for your pieces?
I hope you find a wonderful new violin - I really feel grade 5 is a landmark that deserves a big treat (and I'm only the mum, not the candidate!)
QUOTE(horseplay @ Jul 10 2010, 11:00 PM)
My daughter took her grade 5 violin on Thursday (8th July) so we're now waiting too. She played the Vivaldi Allemanda, Reiding Andante Sostenuto and the Richard Rodney Bennett Buskin. I always accompany her so heard the pieces and they went really well. She had one slip on an arpeggio, the awful G# minor but all the others were OK. So far so good! Her sightreading is usually really good but she said she found it tricky, 3bs and lots of extra accidentals, and really long!
She has really practised for the aural, a lesson every week for the last term at music academy and at home with me, and all has been fine. As with accounts of the other G5s on here, the singing-back was ridiculously long, too, and she came out almosts in tears and will be so upset if the aural drops her marks! Why does the aural have to be so difficult, it seems an unnecessary evil to me!!!
Good luck with your results everyone!
It sounds like your daughter should sail through. The aural might cost her a couple of marks but I'm sure it won't affect her overall level. I totally agree with you about the singing-back, etc - as soon as anyone on these forums complains about the aural (or sightreading, but particularly the aural) component, others assume that the person's teacher has not prepared them adequately and blames them for it, but it's not (or not just) that - I really believe these elements are disproportionately hard for a younger candidate - my son is just 8 and doesn't have lots of orchestral experience yet.
Really good luck with your daughter's result - do let us know how she gets on.
QUOTE(feddle @ Jul 12 2010, 01:03 PM)
Oh this is an interesting thread. I am taking grade 5 violin on Thursday this week, Bagatelle, Sicilienne and Song of the Ghetto. Great pieces, I've been working on them quite a while, and recognise now that they are as good as they're going to get! I struggle with the vibrato, I struggle with the bowing, and the intonation in the middle part of sicilienne with all the position changes - I know what I would like to do but can't (yet?) do it. Encourage me please! I'm feeling OK actually and quite looking forward to just going for it - my tone is good, I love the feeling of the pieces. Got a lovely accompanist. Deep breath.
Interesting to read that the sightreading has generally been tougher than expected. I have the Paul Harris book so will work on it each day - realistically tho I am only comfortable reading in 1st or 3rd pos, and I doubt I can improve 4th and 5th and moving between sensibly now. I also find the singing back very hard to get right - the first half fine, the 2nd half I seem to improvise nicely but wrongly! And don't mention the aural test C - I love music, have sung and hummed along for decades, but ask me to put a work to something and it may be very random....
And good luck to anyone else about to do an exam.
Good luck!!! Fingers crossed for you!
I totally agree the pieces are fab. I'm glad you've enjoyed playing them, now let that shine through! My son said he played Bagatelle the best so I'm sure you'll play it beautifully too.
As for sightreading and aural, well, you just have to do what you can and not get upset. The pieces are the most important bit by far.
Will be thinking of you on Thursday x