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#1 Bleamy

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 11:47

What grade are you taking, what pieces have you chosen?

How did you find them: easy or hard?

 

I am aspiring to do grade 6.

I've chosen 
Bach:  it is a mission impossible. (probably my age)

Merikanto: not easy, but manageable

Bartok: quite easy

 

I am thinking of swap  Bach to Mozart

Merikanto to Skryabin

Any suggestion?


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#2 Sylvette

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 14:12

Grade 2 piano this term.

 

La Mourisque - fairly easy

The Stowaway - nightmare!

Gospel Flair - not too bad, all about timing and jazz mood.


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#3 SwissPianoGirl

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 17:22

I am doing grade 7 piano June 12th. This has been way harder than grade 6 prep. The technical work took a lot of time,  the sight reading seems much more difficult, and the pieces seem like a quantum leap from grade 6!. I am doing the following pieces:

 

Scarlatti - Sonata in B minor K377

Chopin Nocturne in C# minor p.h. #20

Willy Wagglestick's Walkabout

 

The Scarlatti is quite fast, and is the most technically difficult. It has taken the most time. The runs at the end of the Chopin have been challenging, and I spend a lot of time practicing those! Willy is easy. I learned it in about a month. 

 

Hopefully I am ready for the exam in June!


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#4 Tezes123

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 18:36

Grade 5

A2 Allegro - Carlos de Seixas
B1 Sostenuto - Chopin
C6 Novelette - Kabalevsky

Just over halfway learning the A & C pieces and 3/4 through the Chopin, they are just that bit trickier than G4 especially the Chopin but that's what I would expect. I'm loving them though especially the B&C pieces :)
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#5 andante_in_c

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 18:56

Grade 8.

 

JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in D minor (Book II of WTC)

Haydn Sonata in E minor (1st movement: Presto)

Brahms Intermezzo in A minor

 

I've only been working on them for 2-3 months, so it's early days. The Bach is by far the hardest. :)


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 20:05

Grade 2 piano this term.

 

La Mourisque - fairly easy

The Stowaway - nightmare!

Gospel Flair - not too bad, all about timing and jazz mood.

I did La Mourisque - loved it, and I keep hearing versions of it on TV in various historical programmes. It's lovely to be able to say 'I can play that'! For my C piece I played Piper O' Dundee. It too was a nightmare - to begin with. However, I cracked it with some intensive practice and got some nice, positive, comments, even though I dropped more marks on it than the other two pieces.


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#7 Sylvette

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Posted 26 May 2017 - 08:38

Thanks for your encouraging comment, Saxwarbler.  I am slowly getting there with The Stowaway, with lots of slow practice, and I think it will sound great when I finally get it up to speed.  And I do love the other two!


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#8 MaggieH

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 15:43

Hi  , I am doing grade 3 pieces, but I am nowhere near ready for an exam yet. 

Infact I am really feeling quite despondent at the moment. 

 How long in general does it take to learn pieces  according to their grade?  


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 20:16

I am practising for grade 1 (don't laugh); it'll have to be Autumn 2017 (hopefully). No idea which of the pieces though yet!


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 20:39

LF don't put yourself down! I have quite a clear if ancient memory of getting my grade 1 book and thinking how hard the pieces were. I think there may have been an encounter with Bartok in it - had never before heard anything in my life like it!
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#11 Bleamy

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 20:42

I am practising for grade 1 (don't laugh); it'll have to be Autumn 2017 (hopefully). No idea which of the pieces though yet!

No, laugh at all, :-)  piano is hard work, I've just listened to grade 1 pieces, I really liked the Canaries. I hoping to do exam in the autumn too.


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#12 Raspberry

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 01:09


Taking Grade 2 .

 

Attwood Allegretto (1st movt from Sonatina No. 3 in F)

Smetana Waltz in G (No. 2 from Poklad melodiĆ­, Vol. 2)

Prokofiev The Cat (from Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67)

 

I was taking my piano class yesterday and my teacher was so disappointed when I couldn't play fluently. I had hiccups and hesitation here and there and even played wrongly. I was so nervous even infront of my teacher. How to suppress my nervousness during the actual exam ? OMG !This was so different when I was practising at home in which I  could play confidently at home.

 

 

 

What is wrong with me ?


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#13 Sylvette

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:15

Raspberry, there is nothing wrong with you.  Playing in fromt of anyone is more stressful than playing in private.  I am sure that many of us will have had a similar experience - I certainly have!

Interesting that we have chosen completely different pieces for G2.  How did you choose?

Ligneo Fistula, absolutely nothing to laugh at, I only did my G1 last year (and I've just got my pension!).  G1 piano is not a trivial exam!


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#14 EllieD

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:59

Nothing wrong with you Raspberry, nerves are going to affect everyone. I guess the solution is to practice and practice so that you are very confident, and then also as much as possible get friends and family to listen to you so that you can get used to an audience.

 

I struggle with playing a piece right first time! Even if I am familiar with it, it seems the first time I give it a go on a new day, I mess it up!! :D 

 

Just want to say Hi to everyone here, as I'm new on this forum, so will be good to get to know everyone as time goes on!


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#15 fsharpminor

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 13:11

Welcome EllieD, I am one of the longest serving forumites (though a few are longer than me) . :welcome:


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