QUOTE(PianoBeginner @ Apr 16 2012, 03:12 PM)
Now that the general euphoria at having passed Grade 4 is fading, I have realised that an 11 for aural is actually a fail!
My sight singing is awful and the singing back is painful. I can clap about two bars and then forget the rest. And when asked to describe the music just played I went COMPLETELY blank.
Any tips for improving? I am sure I have seen a thread on this before.
Firstly, you can't be quite as bad as you're making out because 11 is only a fail by 1 mark (and I've known plenty of people who've got 10, 8, even 6 . . . ).
So, don;t despair . . .
What was the examiner's comment ? Did he/she write something useful ? i.e. A mostly correct, time incorrect but other answers right in C - or whatever.
What does your teacher say is your main weak point ?
I think sight-singing is the easiest thing to work on and improve (as long as you can pitch the first note). You can do a lot of work on it yourself, just singing up and down three notes and then singing skips etc. You can take your time, there's no rhythm, just the pitch. (Sometimes imagining a piano kepyboard is helpful). And you can turn round and check each note if you need to.
The main point is to get the key note firmly implanted in your mind and then work from there.
And don;t worry - a good friend of mine got distinction in grade 7 but only got 6 in the aural !!!!