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What does play with feeling mean?

So my only conclusion is that they didn't want me to play what was on the page. Correct. Standard notation is very flexible, but it often only allows for an approximation of how the piece might be ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

I don't believe in something called "putting feeling" into music. Can you tell the difference between a human and a midi sequencer performing the same piece? Yes, of course you can. The difference ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

Have you ever seen a bad actor perform? Someone who has memorized all of their lines and goes through the appropriate motions on stage, but you just don't feel anything from their performance? ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

If you want the nuts and bolts of it, expressivity in music is probably boiled down to variations in the amplitude, timbre (how hard/soft you're hitting the strings, though this is obviously mingled ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

it sounded pretty nice to me. ... I don't believe in something called "putting feeling" into music. Bzzzt! Self-contradiction detected. ;) "It sounded nice" is a description of a feeling. What ...
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ABRSM Exams: Repeating of bars

The guidelines say "All da capo and dal segno indications should be observed but all other repeats (including first-time bars) should be omitted unless they are very brief (i.e. of a few bars) or ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

Triple flats and sharps do exist. They are extremely rare (never seen one in a piece myself), but theoretically you can use them. My guess is that the answer would be B triple flat or F triple sharp. ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

There are great answers in this topic. Here is some more input: So my only conclusion is that they didn't want me to play what was on the page. Oh yes, you can play what is on the page, but a ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

Watch the first five minutes of this demo by Evelyn Glennie of the difference between "reading the music and doing what it says" and "interpreting the music". There's not much "being expressive with ...
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Comparison between different exam boards

I don't have experience with RGT. But I have taken both ABRSM and Trinity exams. Although ABRSM do require a Grade 5 pass before continuing any practical Grade 6-8, Trinity do have extra exercises ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

It's a mistake in the book!! I just got an email back from RSL, the question is on the use of sharps/flats and double sharps/flats. 8va/vb notation was not supposed to be tested in this question and ...
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Piano Grade 2 Aural test - Triple or double time

This is an old chestnut! 6/8 is compound time, so called because it's a sort of mixture. It can be counted in a slower two, or a faster six. ONE--TWO-- , or ONE two three FOUR five six. So, it's ...
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What's it like to sit a music theory grade exam?

As the title suggests, it's a theory exam. Lots of folk sit in a room at a desk each, and sit it together, with no reference to any musical instruments at all; rather like a GCE exam.in English or ...
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RCM Exam Popular Selection Note Modifications

Summary Yes, the examiner would very likely notice. Yes, your score could change, but depending on the number and nature of the changes. Small, unobtrusive changes — like changing a single note in a ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

Is it perhaps a mistake in the clef? If that was a treble clef then you would be looking at an F flat which does have two enharmonic equivalents
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Where to practice for vocal examinations?

Do you know your neighbors? If not go meet them, talk to them, and work something out. Maybe they can't even hear you. Maybe they can but don't mind. Give them your phone number, tell them to call if ...
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Is Moonlight (first movement) suitable for grade 7?

TL;DR The first movement of the Moonlight sonata has not been (publicly) graded by ABRSM, but the consensus puts it around grade 6, with grade 7 as a "maybe". I would err on the side of ...
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Do I need to take the ABRSM practical exams to do the theory exams?

With the regime of ABRSM, it's necessary to pass grade V theory before taking VI, VII and VIII practical, on any instrument, but the other way round isn't a problem. You can take whatever you like, ...
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ABRSM Exams: Repeating of bars

You're not supposed to repeat, but the examiner won't take marks off if you do. Save time and play right through.
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How to learn ABRSM music theory

The ABRSM theory example books are available, so there's no need to find a teacher, but, as Neil Meyer says, get one, at least for a few pointers. As a grade VIII player, you'll have a good idea of ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

I'm adding a new answer on account of the updated original question. Here are the only possibilities I can think of: The initial G-sharp is obvious, and it's exactly what you already have. The ...
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Enharmonic equivalents to Ab besides G#

On the assumption it's not written in treble or bass clef, but C clef instead, and you guessed it was treble, the Ab note would actually be a Bb. This then is enharmonically the same as A#, and also ...
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What does play with feeling mean?

I think many beginner musicians struggle with this issue, myself included. The point is, music is an art, and art is a form of communication, a form of expression. We need a way to share music, so we'...
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Are Music Grades somewhat standardised around the World?

Music grade systems are usually designed by music schools for exam / graduation requirement purposes, and to help teachers assess and prepare their students to advance in their musicianship and ...
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How do vocal exam syllabi handle singers' ranges?

"All items may be sung by any voice and in any key, published or transposed, suited to the compass of the candidate’s voice, except for those items from operas, operettas, oratorios, cantatas and ...
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How to learn ABRSM music theory

I'm a music theory teacher who specialises in training students for the ABRSM exams. If you want to take the exams, then it's a good idea to begin at grade 1, even though it will be quite easy. I ...
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What's it like to sit a music theory grade exam?

I have done three methods of music exams. UNISA, ABRSM and TRINITY GUILDHALL. The ABRSM usually has a host school (regular High School I mean) in your area that hosts the exams. There are three ...
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