Blondie wrote:...It was in a cold church hall but the acoustics were awesome Obviously I was nervous and made a few fluffs in the pieces (nothing major). The sight reading was a killer, Eb I think! The rhythm/improvisation exercise was also much harder than I anticipated and If I were doing it again I'd go for a different option. I was happy to come away with a merit.
If you can, get youir hands on 'past papers' for the unseen parts of the exam, it will give you a good idea of the standard required. Needless to say, you have to prep this stuff to death so that it holds up under exam conditions (especially as this is your first). Make sure you play the pieces and the tech suite in front of people, you do not want to be playing this stuff in public for the first time in the exam room.
Blondie - thanks very much for that, very helpful!
Are you saying youd rather have done the aural test than the improv, or a different type of improv? Also, how long did it take you preparing for the exam (from seeing the syllabus to the actual exam day)?
Thanks for the hints. I definitely want to acquire some 'past paper' stuff. My sight reading is ok, but needs work and under pressure I imagine nerves would hamper my abilities. I definitely need to do some practice in front of an audience before the exam. What did you do for this? Just playing in front of friends/family, or actual 'recital' type run-through in front of strangers?
Thanks again for your help, much appreciated