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19/05/2019

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Happy Day - Grade 1 ABRSM Piano - Student Appraisal

The video below is a Student Appraisal of "Happy Day" for Grade 1 ABRSM Piano, by Dennis, one of the members of our MusicOnline UK community. But before I give my comments, have a listen and see how many marks out of 30 YOU think it is worth.



Appraisal



You set off at a lively tempo (perhaps a shade faster than the suggested metronome mark) but all the, you captured the “Happy” mood of this piece and swing rhythms were well controlled.


There was an effective use of dynamics which gave a nice contrast on the 3rd line, but here, try to make the difference between the LH crotchets that have no staccato marking and those that do. For example, the first chord of bars 9, 10 and 11 should release exactly on the 2nd beat, but the last chord in each case could have a slightly more bouncy staccato.

There was a slight rhythmic inaccuracy in bars 11 and 12. The last RH note (tied A) needs to start before the beat (you played it on the beat) and then the LH comes in on the exact beginning of the next bar (12) - you made it a quaver coming in half way through the 1st beat.

On the 4th line the similar chords from the 3rd line suddenly became much longer, almost a full three beats, maybe because this section is louder, so effectively you lost the LH rests on this line completely.


Finally a well observed long middle G in the last bar, maybe you could afford to slow down a little more.
Expected mark for this performance 26 marks.


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14/05/2019

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13/05/2019

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LIVESTREAM for MEMBERS of MusicOnline UK

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As promised, I will be providing a MEMBERS ONLY LiveStream for you to ask anything about Music Education. It might be help with one of the Aural Tests, or something on Music Theory. 

The first of these will be happening NEXT SUNDAY 19/05/2019 at 12:00 UK Time.

The stream will be published for public viewing after it has finished - BUT ONLY MEMBERS can participate in the LIVE EVENT. To participate and submit topics that you would like covered click HERE 

10/05/2019

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ABRSM Piano 2019/20 Grade 4 C3 - MusicOnline UK Teaching Notes

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Luboš Sluka

Grade 4 Piano ABRSM 2019/2020 C3



The composer's marking of Scintillante (sparkling) gives us an idea of the character of this piece and how it should be performed. It needs a fairly fast tempo (unlike that of most of the popular examples on Youtube). Also, to give this piece "sparkle", one needs to keep the repeated chords of the LH very light against  an often much louder RH.

If you notice the footnote in the ABRSM edition, it says that there are no dynamics in the original and those printed are editorial suggestions only. That means, you are free to add your own creativity. If you notice in the above video performance, there is some variation from the printed suggestions. For example the echo effects of the last two lines. The emanier will reward stylistic creativity.

Observe articulation markings strictly. There should be a distinct contrast between notes marked staccato and those marked legato and watch out also, for the long held notes in the lower RH below the staccato upper notes - e.g. bars 4 and 5. Also note the long B minim in the LH of bar 17.

One area that is likely to catch many out is bar 12. The quaver - 2 semiquavers rhythm would be quite tempting to slur all three notes, but notice the staccato on the first quaver.


Finally, there should be no ritardando at the end and in the video performance above, note the dramatic fortissimo after a contrasting piano  bars 35-38. ( Not printed !! )

09/05/2019

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