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    Does anyone know an effective way to revise for AS music (edexcel). I'm finding section A of the listening paper quite difficult. I know practicing listening to the pieces is useful but it has proven to be harder than I expected.

    All other aspects of the course and the exam paper seem to be okay, but ideally I'd like to get an A and after getting a bad grade in my recent mock, I'm finding it hard.

    Any advice as to how to tackle the l listening questions and how to revise for it effectively??
    My exam is in two months, is getting an A attainable?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Ayooo)
    Does anyone know an effective way to revise for AS music (edexcel). I'm finding section A of the listening paper quite difficult. I know practicing listening to the pieces is useful but it has proven to be harder than I expected.

    All other aspects of the course and the exam paper seem to be okay, but ideally I'd like to get an A and after getting a bad grade in my recent mock, I'm finding it hard.

    Any advice as to how to tackle the l listening questions and how to revise for it effectively??
    My exam is in two months, is getting an A attainable?

    Thanks
    Hi there. I feel your pain about listening. I wasn't the best of it when I did music A level. However, just remember you can make up for it in the coursework. Case in point, I got an A overall despite getting a D in the exam.

    The grade 6-8 aural material for instrumental grades can teach relevant skills like recognizing cadences and chord inversions.
    Beyond that, purchasing something like the Edexcel Music AS Listening Music Test book will be quite helpful.

    What type of questions specifically do you struggle one?
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    Hi there. I feel your pain about listening. I wasn't the best of it when I did music A level. However, just remember you can make up for it in the coursework. Case in point, I got an A overall despite getting a D in the exam.

    The grade 6-8 aural material for instrumental grades can teach relevant skills like recognizing cadences and chord inversions.
    Beyond that, purchasing something like the Edexcel Music AS Listening Music Test book will be quite helpful.

    What type of questions specifically do you struggle one?

    I mainly struggle on questions to do with recognising what chords are being played or what is happening on the score at a certain point during a listening questions.

    The essay questions are okay along with the section C SATB harmonising.
    It's really just the two listening questions in section A that i struggle with
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    (Original post by Ayooo)
    I mainly struggle on questions to do with recognising what chords are being played or what is happening on the score at a certain point during a listening questions.

    The essay questions are okay along with the section C SATB harmonising.
    It's really just the two listening questions in section A that i struggle with
    Well that book will help. Recognizing chords is a common aural skill and there are various resources here and there around the net. A quick google reveals this: http://pitchimprover.com/index.php?type=Chords. I've not used it myself so I'm not too sure how good it is.

    Can you tell if a chord is major or minor and if it's diatonic to the key of the piece?

    You have to kind of know what the options are for what's happening and then it becomes a bit of a multiple choice. Practicing past papers and using a resource like that book will get you familiar with the types of melodic and harmonic devices out there. As well as ways in which themes are varied and instrumentation is used.
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    Well that book will help. Recognizing chords is a common aural skill and there are various resources here and there around the net. A quick google reveals this: http://pitchimprover.com/index.php?type=Chords. I've not used it myself so I'm not too sure how good it is.

    Can you tell if a chord is major or minor and if it's diatonic to the key of the piece?

    You have to kind of know what the options are for what's happening and then it becomes a bit of a multiple choice. Practicing past papers and using a resource like that book will get you familiar with the types of melodic and harmonic devices out there. As well as ways in which themes are varied and instrumentation is used.

    Yeah past papers are great but there aren't many with my set works. The last year that did the same pieces as me was 2011 which I have done the past paper to, but other than that I think book would be great help.

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by Ayooo)
    Yeah past papers are great but there aren't many with my set works. The last year that did the same pieces as me was 2011 which I have done the past paper to, but other than that I think book would be great help.

    Thanks!
    Do you have any pianist friends by any chance from the class?
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    (Original post by Kvothe the arcane)
    Do you have any pianist friends by any chance from the class?
    Indeed I do! I play a bit of piano myself but the person my class Is a lot better
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    (Original post by Ayooo)
    Indeed I do! I play a bit of piano myself but the person my class Is a lot better
    Why don't you get him to help you then .

    He can play a scale and then a chord and ask you to identify it and its inversion. It's difficult but a good way to learn.
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    Why don't you get him to help you then .

    He can play a scale and then a chord and ask you to identify it and its inversion. It's difficult but a good way to learn.
    Yeah that's a good idea, hopefully it'll help!

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    Yeah that's a good idea, hopefully it'll help!

    Thanks

    By the way, did you get a high A in both your composition and performance and then a D in your exam, which helped you get a B overall?

    I feel like my composition will only get a B and then other aspects of the course will bring my grade to a B or C aswell
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    (Original post by Ayooo)
    By the way, did you get a high A in both your composition and performance and then a D in your exam, which helped you get a B overall?


    I feel like my composition will only get a B and then other aspects of the course will bring my grade to a B or C aswell
    I'm sorry to hear you think that however a B is good . What parts of composition do you struggle with, if any?
    Have you read the spec?
    Is your teacher giving you support?
    What are the "other aspects of the course" to which you refer?
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    I'm sorry to hear you think that however a B is good . What parts of composition do you struggle with, if any?
    Have you read the spec?
    Is your teacher giving you support?
    What are the "other aspects of the course" to which you refer?
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    Just a point.

    You quoted yourself above but I assume you wanted to quote me. Just remember to quote the right post/user! I only noticed you'd reposted as I happened to hit refresh.

    You can also mention me by typing the at sign (@) followed by the username. Like so: Kvothe the arcane. A drop down will appear and you can select my username as it appears into view as you type more characters.

    You can also get my (and others) attention by tagging us. To do that, in the post editing box, press the tag button (top left to the right of the smiley button) and then type in the username where is says " add members. Select the user, it'll say the username is tagged below and hit submit or save, as appropriate.

    You got nearly full marks in your composition and performance! That's fab!

    Other aspects meaning, the listening exam paper, some what performing and composing - which is harshly marked
 
 
 
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