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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:23 am 
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My DS was set this piece by his cornet teacher for a challenge over the holiday. He seems to have grasped the basics quite well (according to DH, I know nothing :oops: ), but we have no idea whether he's got the right tempo, rests between the fractional notes etc and despite Googling madly we've been unable to find a You Tube clip or any version of someone actually playing it. I just wondered if anyone's DC was familiar with it and could give him a clue?! Thanks! I know it's a bit of a long shot, but you never know....


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:18 am 
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A metronome will tell him if he has the right tempo and rest time between the notes. I assume his teacher has told him if he is playing correctly.

Sounds like he's getting to the stage where mum and dad will just have to sit back and enjoy. I've got there now as DS2 has surpassed my musical knowledge. It's actually quite liberating! :lol: Is it a graded piece?

Just noticed it is grade 6. How old is he? I ask because I am currently having a debate with some mothers of musical children who are saying its very unusual to have 11 year olds play to grade 5 level on wind instruments!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:56 am 
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Waiting_For_Godot"cA metronome will tell him if he has the right tempo and rest time between the notes. I assume his teacher has told him if he is playing correctly.[/quote]

Thanks for answering WFG. DH has a metronome, but DS's teacher hasn't gone through it with him yet. He tends to set a challenge each week and leave a piece for him to work out for himself which I actually like and which suits my son's temperament.

[quote="Waiting_For_Godot wrote:
Just noticed it is grade 6. How old is he? I ask because I am currently having a debate with some mothers of musical children who are saying its very unusual to have 11 year olds play to grade 5 level on wind instruments!


He's 12. This piece is much harder than the others he's been given, but he seems to have the right idea.... I just wanted him to 'succeed' and demonstrate what he could do.

PS Sadly, it's been beyond my musical capabilities right from the start :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:05 am 
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Problem solved. :D I've finally found this brilliant site:
http://www.youronlinepianist.com/store/ ... hp?AboutUs

On the downside my son is now worried at how fast it is! :shock:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 7:40 pm 
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The speed is not too important unless he wants to sit the exam. DS has played a fast piece for three auditions but he has not played it as fast as it should be. So far it hasn't been detrimental. Sometimes the slow controlled piece can be the hardest.

DS sounds very bright - have you considered the NCO?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:25 pm 
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ourmaminhavana wrote:
Problem solved. :D I've finally found this brilliant site:
http://www.youronlinepianist.com/store/ ... hp?AboutUs

On the downside my son is now worried at how fast it is! :shock:



Thank you for the link - that's a fantastic site. I've got to the point where I don't have the confidence that I can play the accompaniment to my DS's pieces sufficiently accurately. This will make all the difference.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:48 am 
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Waiting_For_Godot wrote:
DS sounds very bright - have you considered the NCO?


Aw thanks WFG, but I don't think he's up to that standard. I hope I haven't given the wrong impression! :oops:
His cornet teacher is fantastic and runs a highly successful youth band which we're hoping DS may be invited to join in a year or two. (Where's that fingers crossed emoticon? :lol: )

Glad to be of help Twinkle. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:22 am 
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Thank you ourmaminhavana! I agree, what a wonderful site. I have two sons who play the trumpet, this will be very useful to us. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:24 pm 
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Wish they had something similar for bassoon. :(


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:36 pm 
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Waiting_For_Godot wrote:
Wish they had something similar for bassoon. :(

I've just looked at the site out of interest - they do have accompaniments for some of the bassoon graded pieces WFG (and you can request others). The preview sounds a little "clunky" through my laptop but it's certainly a good idea as a starting point for those who don't have regular access to a pianist. Probably doesn't get as nervous as I was playing for my DS's bassoon exams either!


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