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Yes. What instruments, what level are you at now, how long did it take you to get to it?


I'm asking partly out of interest/curiosity.

And also because I'm just starting a couple of new instruments from scratch, and want an idea of what to expect progress-wise.

Instruments I'm starting are clarinet and piano, and I already learn french horn and violin (where there has been a massive difference - took me about 7 years to get to grade 7 on violin, and has taken me just over 2 years on horn)
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It took about 5 years altogether to get to grade 8 on keyboard. I skipped quite a few grades, so I didn't do a grade each time I don't think.

It took me about a year to get to grade 3 on flute, again skipping grades - I don't think I bothered doing any more grades after that, even though I carried on with flute.

Piano I can't really say as I'd played keyboard for years before anyway and have never taken any piano exams.

Piano - getting to grade 3 in a year should be pretty easy methinks. Clarinet may be a bit longer because of the technique you have to learn - but as you already play a 'mouth' instrument (obviously brass isn't woodwind so I didn't know how else to phrase it!) you may have better luck!
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Took me slightly over 4 years to get Grade 8 Classical Guitar, from nothing to pass level. I also got Grade 4 Piano Merit in about 6 months of practice, doing the exam without having practiced for maybe 2 months (that was a bit unnerving).

I make a living at it now and its great having a classical background, but now don't give two hoots about exams.
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On Piano: 12 years to get to diploma level
On Clarinet: 6 years to get to Grade 8
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Piano grade 6 exam (about three years ago): 6 years
Violin Grade 6 exam (two years ago): Forever!!
Double Bass grade 8 exam (one year ago): 5 years
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Piano: about 15 years to get my diploma
Violin: about 10 years to get to Grade 8

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About 3 years to get to G5 in piano, and yet about year just to get to prelim on guitar (:unsure:)

I really varies from person to person, depending on teachers, musicality, having the right teacher for your particular musicality...
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Oboe-3.5 years to get to grade 6
Sax-3 years to get to grade 7
Bassoon-1 year to get to grade 5

I'm seeing if I'll be ready to do grade 5 clarinet in November and I started at the end of July so itd be about 4/5 months :P
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Flute- About 8 years to be ready to take grade 8 but then chickened out and didn't do it for another 3 years (when my teacher made me!)
Cornet- Played/had lessons on and off for about 10 years and ended up at grade 7.

I've just started learning clarinet and hope to at least take grade 5 next spring/summer.
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Piano: Grade 7 - 12 years
Clarinet: Grade 5 - 6 years
Sax: Could play grade 3/4 standard after a month

I didn't actually take the clarinet seriously until I started sixth form, so it took me really only 18 months to get from grade 2 to grade 5, although I'd been learning since year 7.
Piano was pretty much the same, didn't take it seriously until I was in Year 11. I don't practise half as much as I should though. Grade 8 will be better!
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(Original post by MeAndBubbles)
Took me slightly over 4 years to get Grade 8 Classical Guitar, from nothing to pass level. I also got Grade 4 Piano Merit in about 6 months of practice, doing the exam without having practiced for maybe 2 months (that was a bit unnerving).

I make a living at it now and its great having a classical background, but now don't give two hoots about exams.

From now on, I worship the ground you stand on. It took me 11 years to get Grade 8 on classical guitar! I have taught myself piano over the last 3 years and am probably about a Grade 6 standard. I cba with exams now, I didn't really want to take my Grade 8. I just got fed up of having to learn how to remember a 16-bar extract and then sing it. "JUST LET ME PLAY THE BLOODY GUITAR!!!!!"
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(Original post by deadgenius)
From now on, I worship the ground you stand on. It took me 11 years to get Grade 8 on classical guitar! I have taught myself piano over the last 3 years and am probably about a Grade 6 standard. I cba with exams now, I didn't really want to take my Grade 8. I just got fed up of having to learn how to remember a 16-bar extract and then sing it. "JUST LET ME PLAY THE BLOODY GUITAR!!!!!"
Thanks alot

I continued ever higher after Grade 8, but it was into flamenco guitar also. I lost the focus to do a Diploma but I also did a BA degree. Man what you doing playing piano:p:
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(Original post by MeAndBubbles)
Thanks alot

I continued ever higher after Grade 8, but it was into flamenco guitar also. I lost the focus to do a Diploma but I also did a BA degree. Man what you doing playing piano:p:
Lol I love piano! It brings out the romantic in me.

It hasn't been long since I passed my Grade 8, but I'm starting to try new stuff other than just classical, like jazz, blues and flamenco. My favourite has to be flamenco, I'm addicted!

I used to know that I was going to do a music degree, but i didn't even enjoy GCSE, so I didn't do A-level. I think it's a shame because I need something to focus my mind to improve my guitar playing. Ah well... I'll probably lose all my skill so all I have left are the 3 chords A, D and E
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it took me 7 years to get grade 8 on the clarinet but it could have been sooner if i had taken it during gcses but i didn't. Saxophone took me 2 years, singing took me 2 months... and i got a merit.. crazy! He he.
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Well it took me about 3-4 years to get to grade 8 bass guitar. I'm still only grade 6 on trumpet but that's because I haven't actually got round to learning the grade 8 stuff yet.
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Who cares? You? Me?

Don't ask stupid questions!!!


I mean, honestly, those questions will get you nowhere. Judging yourself is good only when comparing with yourself, never with others.
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To whoever said this "STFU, If you don't like the bloody question, don't post just to get your post count up":

Is it alright to post just to get my post count up if I do like the question then?

True, I didn't like the question . . . so I posted to explain that, because I felt the explanation would help the Original Poster (am I speaking to her now?) in advancing concerning any of her instrument.
As I've already said, I doubt she'll get motivating answers for her questions if she's going to be monitoring her own progress.
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to be honest grades mean **** all
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took me 3 years to grade 4 violin
and a year to grade 3 piano.

I didn't take those two seriously though, my mom was forcing me to do piano, but to be honest I don't really like piano thing, I'd prefer more on violin.
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Classical guitar; 5 years to grade 8... doing everysingle crapping grade.
Electric guitar; about 6 months of my first lesson... But 4.5 years of playing the guitar previsously.
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