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I did Grade 2 today!!!!!!
#1100471 12/06/08 04:59 PM
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Hello there!

6 months ago I did grade 1. I started a topic on it (link below).
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/32/6733.html

It seems there was so many kind comments and interest from you that I thought I'd share my grade 2 experiences with you.

I sat the exam today. In summary I thought it went fairly well. I did mess up a couple of things (one scale and a couple of false starts on two arpeggios). The pieces were generally ok apart from me hitting some bum notes at the beginning of L.Mozart's Bouree.

By following the link below you can read my full account of the exam and view some videos of me playing the pieces (also recorded today). I'd be keen to know what people think, and also very interested to hear any one else's experiences, especially if they have done any of the pieces I did.
http://drgaz.blogspot.com/2008/12/i-just-did-piano-grade-2.html

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DrGaz

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Congratulations! I have the utmost admiration for everyone that follows through with the exam repertoire and is willing to participate in exams themselves. Great accomplishment!

Out of curiosity, are you planning to purse the rest of the exam sequence? Grades 3, 4, etc?


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Congrats! Well done

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Thanks for your nice comments! Yes I'm definitely going for all the rest of the grades. I'd like to take it as far as I can. I think I will take a break for the next few months because lessons get a bit rigid if it's all grade prep. Therefore I'm looking forward to being taught some "non-exam" stuff for a little while.

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Congratulations! I envy you, because graded exams force you to be consistent in your practice. You can play B harmonic both handed, I can't - even though I can play pieces in this key without major problems. laugh

My scales are getting better though - I'm still not into minors, but it will happen. laugh


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Originally posted by DrGaz:
Yes I'm definitely going for all the rest of the grades. I'd like to take it as far as I can. I think I will take a break for the next few months because lessons get a bit rigid if it's all grade prep. Therefore I'm looking forward to being taught some "non-exam" stuff for a little while.
DrGaz, I think you have done very well, I applaud your determination. I have considered taking graded exams in the past and would appreciate your views:

1. Has the practice put into these pieces given you the experience and ability to play similar pieces of this level?
2. Apart from your examination pieces, have you the time to play anything else other than these?

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Originally posted by PermissiveTwit:
DrGaz, I think you have done very well, I applaud your determination. I have considered taking graded exams in the past and would appreciate your views:

1. Has the practice put into these pieces given you the experience and ability to play similar pieces of this level?
2. Apart from your examination pieces, have you the time to play anything else other than these?
Hi here are my answers..

1. To be honest with all the preparation for this grade in such a short time-frame I haven't really looked at any similar pieces of this level. I hope to have the time to do all that now.
2. Yes - lots of stuff. I like to come up with my own arrangements of tunes I like (there are one or two things on my youtube account as examples). I also like to get books of easy stuff from the library and use it for practice even if it's a sight-reading exercise. Generally I can't keep my hands off the piano and do a lot of informal bashing alongside working on the grade stuff.

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I don't mean to sound rude, so please don't get me wrong. What I really want to know is, has the level is study and work put into doing the grades furthered your piano ability in general?

The reason I ask is, I know of a few Grade 8 pianist who can play their exam pieces and struggle to play anything else.

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Originally posted by PermissiveTwit:
I don't mean to sound rude, so please don't get me wrong. What I really want to know is, has the level is study and work put into doing the grades furthered your piano ability in general?
Yes - well I believe that doing grade 1 and 2 has been a good solid basis for learning piano, and I believe it has helped in general.

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The reason I ask is, I know of a few Grade 8 pianist who can play their exam pieces and struggle to play anything else.
I'm amazed to hear this. Is it because they rushed the grades leaving no time for non-grade stuff? That is something I want to avoid which is why I am taking a break from them for a while

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Yes - well I believe that doing grade 1 and 2 has been a good solid basis for learning piano, and I believe it has helped in general.
DrGaz, well thats all that matters - well done again!

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#1100481 12/11/08 11:29 AM
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DrGaz,
I liked reading about your experiences with the exams. And I enjoyed listening to your playing.

I give you so much credit for doing it. Seems the exams give you good structure.

Keep it up
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Re: I did Grade 2 today!!!!!!
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DrGaz,
I liked reading about your experiences with the exams. And I enjoyed listening to your playing.

I give you so much credit for doing it. Seems the exams give you good structure.

Keep it up
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#1100483 12/20/08 04:04 PM
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My piano teacher just rang me to tell me I got a distinction (130 marks), which I'm really pleased about!

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DrGaz, that is a wonderful achievement - you should be proud of yourself.

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#1100485 12/21/08 05:36 AM
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Thanks R.C.

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Yayy. just got grade 3 distinction!

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Congratulations! That's great news.

You feel you're making progress!

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Originally Posted by ten left thumbs
Congratulations! That's great news.

You feel you're making progress!


Thanks very much. Yes I feel like I'm making progress. I hear that the learning curve steepens after grade 3. I'm not planning on doing another grade for at least 2 years. Preparing for grades gets a bit tedious after a while! Looking forward to doing lots of other things for a while now.

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Congratulations! I am also taking the exams and its quite fulfilling, though I agree that it can get tedious and even somewhat overwhelming too at times.

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Congrats DrGaz! Keep up the good work. You're off to a great start.

Regards from a fellow ABRSM taker in the USA. Slowly preparing for Grade 6 practical and theory.

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