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Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: Steven Carr] #2756717
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It depends on what your goals are, but for me, ABRSM grade 8 is a good goal. Being able to play at that level opens a wide universe of music to play. That does not mean that you need to take the exams, but I think following a structured program of advancement is a good idea.

As you advance in skills, you hear more in the music.You will hear the multiple voices, the polyrhythms, etc, which makes the music more interesting. The simple pieces begin to sound...simple. The higher level pieces are richer, fuller and more enjoyable to listen to. This is not only true for classical music, but also nice arrangements of pop, or jazz, or ragtime.

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Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: SwissMS] #2756734
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Originally Posted by SwissMS
As you advance in skills, you hear more in the music.You will hear the multiple voices, the polyrhythms, etc, which makes the music more interesting. The simply pieces begin to sound...simple. The higher level pieces are richer, fuller and more enjoyable to listen to. This is not only true for classical music, but also nice arrangements of pop, or jazz, or ragtime.

While this may be a natural consequence of learning to play the piano, many people appreciate multiple voices, polyrhythms, etc. just as music appreciators, and don't play any musical instruments.


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Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: Steven Carr] #2757232
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I agree there’s a ton of great music. I’m in grade 5 now, and I’ve made sure to take my time and enjoy every level. But I definitely am looking forward to some of the higher level pieces as well!

Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: Steven Carr] #2757275
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Originally Posted by Steven Carr
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Unless you really have a hankering to play Chopin Nocturnes or Beethoven Sonatas, and why not if you do, I don't see any great reason to get past grade 5 piano.
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Your targets might change, as your skill increases. You might want to learn some jazz, or boogie-woogie -- and find that you simply need more skill to handle the music.


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Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: Steven Carr] #2757379
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As has been said earlier, the more skill you acquire, the easier it is to play simple repertoire. Skill allows you to remove the barrier between you and the instrument. You no longer play the piano. You make music.

In the Suzuki method for violin, the most advanced students, playing the Mendelssohn violin concerto for example, on the final concert, also played ‘Twinkle’, the first piece they learned. It is an eye opener for the beginners to realize the potential in such a simple piece.

Re: Do you need more than Grade 5 piano? [Re: Steven Carr] #2757381
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Lots of great responses but unclear whether the OP has read them! We're talking to ourselves!

Steven Carr, where are you!

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