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TheCureFan

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Finally (apparently it was referred to head office) got my result through for my grade 2 that i did in December, Pass with Merit. Really chuffed as it was my first ever music exam at the ripe old age of 47. Should have done a bit better but nerves really did get the better of me on the day.

Onwards and upwards as my teacher wants me to do grade 5 next.
 

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Very good!

Grade five next, eh? If your teacher thinks you are ready for it then you probably are - go for it!
 

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congratulations :clapping::clapping::sax:

Goodonya

If the jump to 5 from 2, why start on 2?
So you know what to expect next time, why start at a higher level and flump the exam ! It would do confidence no good at all.
 

TheCureFan

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^ Exactly the reason I chose 2 to start. I'd never sat a music exam in my life not even at school and at the time we discussed it, July last year, I'd only been playing 7 months. Tutor wanted me to do 5. Given my nerves on the day I'm glad I didn't do 5 as I reckon I probably would have flunked.
 

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Well done. :clapping: My tutor suggested grade 5 as the first one, but like you I had never taken a music exam, so I agreed to take grade 4.
Onwards and upwards. I sit my next (and final) grade exam in March. :eek:
 

TheCureFan

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Certainly is a good feeling. Was a bit disappointed initially as both my tutor and I felt the marks didn't fit the comments. Could have appealed but at the end of the day it was a good merit pass and its been a nightmare trying to get answers out of Trinity as to why it was referred etc. May go ABRSM from now on but not keen on doing grade 5 theory.

Just have to decide which board and what pieces I'm going to do for grade 5. Have started on scales and aural side (which i hate) :(
 

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Well done! I did go straight in at grade 5 ABRSM, but I'd been playing a couple of years and not thought about performance exams until then. In the meantime I did take grade 5 theory and I have just found it so useful to understand what goes on in music. Your choice though of which of the slightly different syllabusses suit you best.
 

TheCureFan

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Its not that I'm against learning theory, infact I'm all for it. I like to know how scales are formed etc rather than just learning parrot fashion. Think what I'm unsure of is needing to learn stuff i may never use/need like bass clef etc.
 

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Certainly is a good feeling. Was a bit disappointed initially as both my tutor and I felt the marks didn't fit the comments. Could have appealed but at the end of the day it was a good merit pass and its been a nightmare trying to get answers out of Trinity as to why it was referred etc. May go ABRSM from now on but not keen on doing grade 5 theory.

Just have to decide which board and what pieces I'm going to do for grade 5. Have started on scales and aural side (which i hate) :(

Hi

I've got links to the exam boards and notes about the grade syllabuses in my article here:
Exams - UK Examination Options

Congratulations, and best of luck with the next one.

- David
 
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kernewegor

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^ Exactly the reason I chose 2 to start. I'd never sat a music exam in my life not even at school and at the time we discussed it, July last year, I'd only been playing 7 months. Tutor wanted me to do 5. Given my nerves on the day I'm glad I didn't do 5 as I reckon I probably would have flunked.

Very sensible approach.

Now you know the score (!) you are mentally prepared for the next step.
 

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Its not that I'm against learning theory, infact I'm all for it. I like to know how scales are formed etc rather than just learning parrot fashion. Think what I'm unsure of is needing to learn stuff i may never use/need like bass clef etc.
Wait 'til you get the urge to learn piano where the bass clef is a necessary evil
 

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