QUOTE(barry-clari @ Jan 19 2011, 09:59 PM)
QUOTE(morton @ Jan 19 2011, 02:16 PM)
When starting to learn new exam pieces.
Do you choose pieces that you can you play through at the correct speed at sight, making only a few mistakes,
do you choose ones that you would need to start very slowly and learn in small sections.
Although I'm not planning any exams other than my clari diploma at the end of the year, I would choose pieces that I enjoy playing. Whatever category they fit in. Actually, I wouldn't care if they fitted in either of the above categories. And it probably wouldn't even cross my mind, anyway...
I'd absolutely agree with this. Looking at exam pieces, I choose material that suits the music that I enjoy playing. Although there are the three sections to pick from, I certainly go for the music I know I will enjoy, I enjoy playing it, and hopefully the examiner will enjoy listening to it.
I don't purposely target what could be perceived a harder, or easer piece, technical challenge isn't the issue for me with music, even the simplest pieces can bring a huge amount of playing and listening enjoyment.
Though, with exam pieces, they are chosen to provide you with a challenge that evaluates whether or not you are progressing with your technique with the instrument in question. Assuming that you are stepping through the grades in a progressive fashion, I would imagine that exam pieces will take time and effort to learn, breaking down sections and fortifying areas that are problematic.
In fact, in an exam situation, this is exactly how I'd approach the sight reading section. Unless you are looking at a piece that is well within your technical ability, I'd have thought there would be sections that would require a larger amount of attention.