Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Grade 1 piano exam result

Well I just failed got 94 out of 150

When it came to the exam I just freaked out

Whilst I don't want to make excuses the fact that the piano was an actual piano as opposed to a digital one meant it was a totally different experience to my normal clavinova. And even in the warm up room there was only a digital piano. So despite having gone through the routine 2 or 3 times in the warm up room I was totally unprepared and it was a downward spiral I fluffed a note on the first scale that made me tense and nervous then I fluffed the first piece and the second and so on. It was about the most ghastly ten minutes I've spent in a long time

Ok so I became dis-orientated but at least I know what it is to expect and I would hope next time around I'll do much better

In the mean time I'm plowing my own furrow with the help of stuff on the internet


His approach is amazing he writes out the notes on a white board and copying them onto  a bit of paper definitely helps in the initial stages of learning a pieve. Going to try and learn the first movement of the moonlight sonataover the next few weeks,  following his approach here is the first lesson (which is free)


For budding pianists his site is definitely the best

Monday, 2 June 2014

Grade 1 Piano Exam

Well the culmination of almost two years since I started getting an interest in learning the piano has arrived I have my grade 1 piano exam tomorrow. I feel reasonably confident I'll pass but I'm not sure I will get to either merit 130/150 or distinction 140/150

It's kind of weird really, to get an idea of what I'll be doing here is a link to the ABRSM site which shows the sort of thing I'll be asked to do


I hope the examiner is as kind as the examiner in the video

Anyway I'll let you know how I get on

For interest the pieces I've chosen are

 Fugue No 4 Alec Rowley

Sailor's Song Felix Swinstead

Thursday R R Bennett

and if you do a serch for grade 1 piano pieces on you tube you should be able to hear what they sound like

Good luck to anyone taking ABRSM exams tomorrow whatever your instrument.