Hi Johnny,Well done Chris, fantastic job you must be exstatic
Hi Pete,Well done Chris, so you'll be joining the band now?:welldone
'seem to know' is about right. Shouldn't speak for the others, but I only play the easy parts. Advantage of being 2nd tenorHi Pete,
I'm still not sure I'm ready for the Swing Band, you all seem to know what you're doing and I struggle to keep up in SaxPak. Saying that though, you all seem to have good fun and it would be nice to play with a full band. Maybe I'll see if I can rope Andy in as well.
All the best,
Hi Pauline,Fantastic Chris! What an achievement!!
Must be a great feeling to accomplish something like that.
Hello Fred,Well done Chris. It's pretty scary isn't it. I am just contemplating doing the grade 6 in July but I must admit I am getting fed up of playing 3pieces over and over again and do not know whether to bother. I can see the value in the scales but even then what use are melodic minors? And harmonics to a degree when there are so may different minor scales?
After my grade 5 in December I realised you could quite easily get to grade 8 and know very little. The ABRSM exams I am doing are so very presciptive, scales, pieces, aural and sight... If I was a kid going through the motions with your whole life ahead I can see the value but as a 46 year old I am now questioning it as time is not on my side. I just want to play jazz and am realising that effort spent in ear training, chords and scales will probably stand me better.
Are you going to do the grade 6?
Well done Chris, very descriptive too. Makes my 'Did my grade 2 exam yesterday' very ordinary!!!!
May I add my congratulations too.
Hi Nick, Old Git (Revered Elder) & RogerThat was a beautifully-told story Chris, with a great outcome...I felt I was there, but glad it wasn't me!!
I have always suffered from 'testitis', even when doing something at which I KNOW I am competent (like my driving test and hockey umpiring practical).
The trouble is that I try to be perfect and am put-off when I inevitably make a mistake!!
I just have to hope the examiners are perceptive enough to see through the nerves to the underlying competence....my driving examiner was, but the hockey examiner wasn't!
(My second examiner only watched me for about 10 mins before realising I knew what I was doing.......I had been umpiring, off & on for about 25 years )
At least you have a lifetime ahead................Hi Koumou,
I’m 29 now and see this journey taking the rest of my life and even then I doubt I’ll be anywhere close to the destination!
Thanks, it’s really nice to know that people have enjoyed following my trials and tribulations. As to the story having a happy ending, well the story so far has, for which I’m very grateful, but with every step forward an even bigger landscape seems to unfold before me. I’m 29 now and see this journey taking the rest of my life and even then I doubt I’ll be anywhere close to the destination!
I’ve just got back having had a really good lesson and full of the joys of spring, the sun is shining, the windows are open, I have a couple of really good reeds and I’m enjoying the new tunes I’m working on.
All the best,
Hi Tengu,Hey Chris,
I am of the belief that being older means that you are more focussed on what you want, you don't have your parents twisting your arm to make you do it and you've got the teenage hormonal rush out of the way. So you can take it at your pace and enjoy the ride. I'm 31 and the older I get, the more sax-sensible I get. So long as I keep my teeth, wits and saxophone about me, it should be an interesting journey. A band I like called "Ugly Duckling" put it rather succinctly -
"On a journey to anywhere, you can draw your own map"