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I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 (Now 16) but not really sure what grade I’m at. I’m working on playing Prelude 2 by Bach which is pretty advanced but it’s taking me a while. Would anyone be able to send pictures of pieces around the Grade 5/6/7 mark so I can try and determine which? Thank you!
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You could find some on YouTube and how it sounds too
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You could find some on YouTube and how it sounds too
Yes I looked on there but couldn’t find stuff with the actual sheet music. Often things can sound a lot simpler/harder than they actually are
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I’ve been playing the piano since I was 5 (Now 16) but not really sure what grade I’m at. I’m working on playing Prelude 2 by Bach which is pretty advanced but it’s taking me a while. Would anyone be able to send pictures of pieces around the Grade 5/6/7 mark so I can try and determine which? Thank you!
Lol u sound grade 8 minimum - i don't know how you'd be at scales, sight reading and aural tests tho - that ****'s loooong
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Lol u sound grade 8 minimum - i don't know how you'd be at scales, sight reading and aural tests tho - that ****'s loooong
Oh wow really? Scales and sight reading ok, but aural tests rubbish. However I think my school does alternative to ABRSM where you can choose to do extra sight reading instead of aural. I think its called Trinity?
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Oh wow really? Scales and sight reading ok, but aural tests rubbish. However I think my school does alternative to ABRSM where you can choose to do extra sight reading instead of aural. I think its called Trinity?
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847: Prelude
I did that for my grade 8 lol
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yes Trinity is another exam board - don't know much about it tbh
I did ABRSM grades and have been teaching ABRSM last couple of years now during GCSEs/A Levels
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yes Trinity is another exam board - don't know much about it tbh
I did ABRSM grades and have been teaching ABRSM last couple of years now during GCSEs/A Levels
That's cool. How much practise would you say grade 6-8 piano needs a week? (If you had about 4-6 months to prepare).
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Just look up an exam board and their syllabus e.g. https://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/exam-syllabuses/

Then find the sheet music or look up youtube performances. That should give you an idea.

But two things to note. First, you can play most pieces* regardless of what grade you are at. It will just take longer to get it down. I would say if you are a competent grade 6 pianist, you would be able to learn the grade 6 syllabus pieces after a week or two of practice. If you are at grade 4 level, it might take you a couple of months.

Second, grades are about more than pieces. There is also the aural, sight reading, scales, theory etc.

*Excluding Moonlight Sonata 3rd movement, Hungarian rhapsody and so on!
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Just look up an exam board and their syllabus e.g. https://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/exam-syllabuses/

Then find the sheet music or look up youtube performances. That should give you an idea.

But two things to note. First, you can play most pieces* regardless of what grade you are at. It will just take longer to get it down. I would say if you are a competent grade 6 pianist, you would be able to learn the grade 6 syllabus pieces after a week or two of practice. If you are at grade 4 level, it might take you a couple of months.

Second, grades are about more than pieces. There is also the aural, sight reading, scales, theory etc.

*Excluding Moonlight Sonata 3rd movement, Hungarian rhapsody and so on!
Thanks that's really helpful! If I take one it wont be until Septemeber - December ish so I have a while!
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