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The earliest version I can think of is Bach's Musikalisches Opfer which is a series of canons Bach composed after given a theme by the King. The music can be played forwards and backwards simultaneously harmoniously in various ways (refer to the video). I also remember reading a score of Mozart's violin duet piece called "The Mirror". To play this piece ...


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As @Menglan pointed out, the crab canon from Bach's musical offering is probably the most famous example. I transcribed it and put it on musecore: http://musescore.com/rpbouman/scores/143009 The art of fuge (Also Bach) has 2 fugues which can be inverted. Look for Contrapunctus XII and XIII (there's a rectus and an inversus version for both of them) I ...


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You have to be either (1) highly motivated or (2) have somebody really pushing you (parent, spouse, teacher, etc.) to get to grades 7 and 8. After more than 60 years playing and 50 years teaching, my "comfort level" is still about grade four or so and I have to really push myself to play grade 6 pieces. But then I don't consider myself primarily a ...


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You build relationships with you pieces. You can compare it to having a girlfriend. If you only spend three weeks with one and then go on to the next one you are going to have some unhappy women on your hands. I would say that you should not expect a grade 4 - 6 exam to take anything else than 3 - 6 months to prepare for.


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Be guided by their teachers. They should be well aware of the way the children work, learn and play. And aware of the 'limitations' of each board grade. It could even be down to the pieces currently available for playing at the exams.


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I'd put this at grade 6 at the most. It seems to be a lot of pentatonics, has a bit of form, but doesn't really 'hit you in the face'. For this grade level, there needs to be a lot more 'inventiveness'.I.e. more structure to the solo, certainly using most of the fingerboard, slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends (and not just simple ones), probably a ...


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You can go straight in to whatever grade you think you can complete. Doing lower grades is a good experience for being aware of what actually happens in an exam situation, and also to show expectations of playing levels, etc. Higher grade exams require a lot of work, and the playing level will need to be a lot more than just 'good' to attain a good score. ...


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Welcome! Providing lists and song titles is outside the remit of this site, however, check various exam boards syllabi. World wide. JimM has suggested a U.K. based board - there's also Trinity and LCM here, and undoubtedly each state in U.S. has there own take on this. I know there are several in Oz also. Google is your saviour!


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Adding to L3B's answer, the more talented one is, the sooner it's all achieved. Obviously practice time, quality of teacher, finances, also feature strongly. As a guideline, I said one exam per year, depending on results, of course was fair, but it's only a vague guideline. Everyone has different amounts of talent, time, motivation, etc., etc. So, if it's a ...


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