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06/04/2020

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Moderato from Sonata in G minor - Grade 8 Trinity Piano

Sonata in G minor Hob. XVI/44 - Joseph Haydn.

1 - Moderato. Grade 8 Trinity Piano.




PRACTICE TIPS - by Chen Piano


Firstly let's consider the tempo marking "Moderato". This piece is highly decorated including many demisemiquaver flourishes, but nevertheless the pulse is a crotchet beat and so should be fast enough to feel this. It would be tempting to feel it as a quaver beat. That said, whilst learning, you could use a metronome set to a quaver beat to master the timing of the demisemiquavers. In the initial bar, the four opening quavers are marked with a wedge sign, but this marking occurs rarely later in the piece. However, it would be stylistic to keep quavers generally separated except where slurs are specifically marked.

Be careful with the repeated chords from bar 6 that you keep the quavers of equal length. There is a temptation to linger on the 2nd of each pair too long.

Another thing missing from the notation completely is the dynamics. Obviously you will need to add some and you could use this video performance as a guide, but your own interpretation may be different. For example I have kept the theme from bar 15 very light and delicate to start, later crescendo-ing as the pitch rises. This same delicacy I have applied to most of the demisemiquaver passages.

Watch out for overlapping notes, I bring your attention for example to the tied notes in bars 50-51 and also the almost unnoticeable crotchet on the 3rd beat of bar 50.

I have chosen to end this movement on a rather subdued note, not too loud and holding back just on the last two notes.

03/04/2020

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MusicOnline UK - Continuing to Serve You During the Coronavirus Pandemic

With many of you throughout the world stuck at home, through quarantine measures, now is a perfect opportunity to make the most of the extra time you  have, giving more attention to those area of your musical education that you may have normally neglected such as Sight Reading and Aural Training and MusicOnline UK is here to help.
With many of you throughout the world stuck at home, through quarantine measures, now is a perfect opportunity to make the most of the extra time you  have, giving more attention to those area of your musical education that you may have normally neglected such as Sight Reading and Aural Training

A couple of weeks ago I started a daily podcast on YouTube, featuring various training ideas and challenges. However it seems that from the amount of views, it is not exactly what the community was looking for. Some things were received more enthusiastically than others, so analysing the "footfall" data, this is how MusicOnline UK is going forward to help you during this COVID 19 pandemic.


Sunday Livestream "Pub-Quiz"

Every Sunday there will be a public Youtube livestream in the style of a pub quiz. Since we can no longer go out to restaurants and bars I thought we'd have a virtual "social gathering" and one British Tradition of having a quiz night at the local bar could translate into a fun and educational experience for our community. The quiz will of course be themed around musical education and in particular aural training. You can check out the pilot here



Tuesday Aural Training Audio Download

For members of MusicOnline UK you can get a weekly aural training audio download. This is an ongoing benefit to members, not just in the time of this pandemic. CLICK HERE for access.

NEW - Wednesday Sight Reading Training

This is a new feature, where I will be posting a variety of Sight Reading exercises at different grade levels each week, along with audio tracks (to help you play in time) CLICK HERE for more details. 

FRIDAY - SKYPE GROUP HANGOUT

Every Friday Members get to hangout as a group on Skype where you can ask anything to do with Music Education, some help with one of your pieces, aural training, theory question etc etc... You are also welcome to play a piece for assessment / "constructive criticism", from the rest of the Group. Join the Hangout HERE

SATURDAY VIRTUAL BALCONY CONCERT

During the pandemic many people in places such as Italy have tried to raise the spirit of the community in which they live with impromptu balcony concerts. Here at MusicOnline UK we are proposing to do the same with our "Virtual Balcony". Anyone is welcome to participate - if you have a performance you would like to share (and have the necessary copyright permission - i.e. anything from a composer who died more than 70 years ago should be OK) - drop us a line with a video file to musiconlineuk@gmail.com and we will share it with the community


01/04/2020

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WEEKLY SKYPE HANGOUT

WEEKLY SKYPE HANGOUT - DURING COVID 19 PANDEMIC FOR MUSICIANS, MUSIC STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS



Starting this Friday at 14:00 UK time, I am inviting all members to a weekly Hangout / Group Chat on Skype, where you can ask anything to do with Music Education, some help with one of your pieces, aural training, theory question etc etc... You are also welcome to play a piece for assessment / "constructive criticism" from the rest of the Group.
Professional Skype Lesson for Piano, Theory and Aural Training

PLEASE NOTE - this chat will be recorded and excerpts may be used in future videos of MusicOnline UK, so your participation would be acceptance of this condition.
Also note, that to avoid unnecessary spam this group is open to members only. By becoming a member for as little as $2 a month, you'll get access to not only this weekly hangout, but also a whole host of other Premium resources - full list of benefits can be found on our members page HERE 
If you are already a member you can join the chat  HERE

20/03/2020

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Online Exams with MusicOnline UK

Missed your ABRSM exam due to the COVID 19 crisis


Due to the recent COVID 19 crisis there are many disappointed students out there who worked really hard, only to be told that from 18th March 2020 - all ABRSM exams worldwide are cancelled until further notice. Although ABRSM have said they are offering full refunds, I understand the frustration of many of you, even if you can retake later in the year, do you really want to put your music education on hold for 6 months - and if you go onto the next grade, wouldn't it be nice to have some recognition for all the hard work you have put in?  

Previously, MusicOnline UK offered to assess your exam preparation to see if you would have passed, but unfortunately I have recently received notification from the ABRSM that this infringes their intellectual property even though they are not offering any alternatives for disappointed students for the foreseeable future. 

I am still able to offer Skype lessons and I can from my experience, give you an indication of how you might have done, but this is by no means a real exam or qualification / certification

I would stress that the service I previously offered was NOT accredited by the ABRSM and that any certificates already awarded are not valid for ABRSM qualifications and are not recognised by ABRSM. 



18/03/2020

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ABRSM Exams cancelled: Covid-19

The official ABRSM statement regarding cancelled exams
Further to the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday, ABRSM decided to suspend all music exams in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 18 March until further notice. This decision affects all Graded Music Exams, Diplomas, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams at all Public Venues and Private Visits.

Further to the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday, ABRSM decided to suspend all music exams in the UK and Ireland from Wednesday 18 March until further notice.This decision affects all Graded Music Exams, Diplomas, Choral Singing and Ensemble exams at all Public Venues and Private Visits.

Exams on 17 March will proceed as planned to minimise disruption for candidates while we phase in this decision.We know that you will be disappointed, but this decision is made in everyone’s best interests.

Our staff will start to work from home from tomorrow. Please bear with us as we adjust to this new way of working.

We will update our website and Facebook and Twitter in due course, so please check them regularly.

At this challenging time, we really appreciate your patience and we thank you for your loyal support.
However regarding REFUNDS the advice is as follows:
If you took a Music Theory exam in early March, we are working hard to make sure there is no delay to the dispatch of certificates in line with published deadlines. However, please bear with us as we process the exam papers.Following the decision we made yesterday, we will process 100% refunds for the UK and Ireland exams in Public Venues that we have cancelled from 18 March to 4 April. We will also process 100% refunds for Private Visits booked until 1 July. Please bear with us while we do this.In the meantime, please do not make any further bookings for future Private Visits until further notice.

If you are affected by COVID 19 and cannot have your normal music lessons, MusicOnline UK offers online Skype lessons for Piano, Theory and Aural training Click HERE for details