Abrsm Piano Grade 1 Pieces 234.pdf
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How to Prepare for ABRSM Piano Grade 1 Pieces 234.pdf
If you are planning to take the ABRSM Piano Grade 1 exam, you might be wondering how to prepare for the pieces that are included in the syllabus. In this article, we will give you some tips and resources to help you practice and perform the pieces with confidence.
The ABRSM Piano Grade 1 exam consists of three pieces, one chosen by the candidate from each of the three lists: A, B, and C. The pieces are selected from a range of styles and periods, and are designed to test the candidate's musical and technical skills. The pieces are published in a book called Piano Exam Pieces 2023 & 2024, Grade 1 (ABRSM), which also includes a CD with recordings of all the pieces.
Here are the pieces that are included in the book:
Anon. - Toy (No. 193 from Fitzwilliam Virginal Book)
Mozart - Minuet in C, K. 6
Trad. English - Parsonâs Farewell (from The English Dancing Master), arr. Blackwell
Diabelli - Allegretto in C (No. 3 from Die ersten 12 Lectionen, Op. 125)
M. Helyer - Dragonflies (from The Greenwood Tree)
A. Reinagle - Minuet in C (No. 10 from 24 Short and Easy Pieces, Op. 1)
Dennis Alexander - Sonatina (primo part) DUET
attrib. J. S. Bach - Choral âDeal with Me, Lordâ, BWV 514
Gurlitt - The Chase/The Hunt (No. 15 from First Lessons for the Piano, Op. 117)
To prepare for these pieces, you should follow these steps:
Listen to the recordings of the pieces on the CD or online. This will help you get familiar with the melodies, rhythms, dynamics, articulations, and expressions of each piece.
Read the notes and markings on the score carefully. Pay attention to the tempo, key signature, time signature, fingering, phrasing, pedaling, and any other instructions.
Practice each piece slowly and gradually increase the speed as you become more comfortable. Focus on accuracy, clarity, tone quality, and musicality.
Practice with a metronome to keep a steady pulse and rhythm.
Practice with a partner if you are playing a duet piece. Coordinate your timing, balance, and expression with your partner.
Perform the pieces for your teacher, friends, or family members before the exam. Get feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement.
By following these steps, you will be able to prepare for the ABRSM Piano Grade 1 pieces effectively and confidently. We wish you all the best for your exam!
In addition to the pieces, you will also need to prepare for the scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests that are part of the ABRSM Piano Grade 1 exam. These tests are designed to assess your technical skills, musical awareness, and listening abilities.
For the scales and arpeggios, you will need to play from memory a selection of scales and broken chords in different keys and patterns. You will be asked to play them hands separately or hands together, legato or staccato, at a moderate speed. You should practice them regularly with correct fingering, evenness, tone control, and accuracy.
For the sight-reading, you will be given a short piece of music that you have not seen before. You will have half a minute to look through it and try out some parts if you wish. Then you will play it as fluently and musically as possible. You should pay attention to the key signature, time signature, tempo, dynamics, articulation, and expression marks. You should also try to keep going without stopping or correcting mistakes.
For the aural tests, you will be asked to sing back a short melody, clap back a short rhythm, identify changes in pitch or rhythm in a repeated phrase, identify features such as dynamics, articulation, tempo, or tonality in a piece played by the examiner, and answer questions about a piece played by the examiner. You should practice these skills with your teacher or using online resources such as ABRSM Aural Trainer. 061ffe29dd