Exams conducted by rockschool nd trinity guildhall

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  1. UjSen

    UjSen *#!EVIL*!!

    Hi all,

    I've been pondering over whether to go in for exams conducted by rockschool nd trinity guildhall or not, is it worth doing the course or should i just concentrate on learning only>>

    :think:

    thnx.
    ujsen:annoyed: :rock:
     
  2. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening

    Well, I think you should. It's a sort of an endorsement....a stamp certifying that you are a guitarist and actually can play reasonably decently and aren't just putting it in to make your CV look better. It won't say anything about your musical skills though. It's important, especially if you're young, because it could count when you apply to colleges. e.g.- the 4th grade or higher from the Royal School of Music qualifies you as a "guitarist".


    As for the course, there isn't anything there that you cannot learn outside it but the question is...will you learn everything they teach from someone outside the school?
     
  3. zicky5608

    zicky5608 Power Shortage

    Ooh sounds interesting...never heard of it.

    I need more info on this plz ..
     
  4. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening


    The course is divided into grades....8 of them. Each grade has a set syllabus which you can cover and then sit for an exam to clear it. You can skip grades (not reccomended if you're a beginner). After clearing the 8th grade, you can go in for a teachers diploma which not a lot of people here do because there aren't teachers good enough to help you through the course. The exam conducted by the rock school is probably going to have more theory and a bit of improvisation involved.
     
  5. god_of_guitar

    god_of_guitar New Member

    the exam by trinity is more of classical than the exam by rock school
     
  6. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening


    As far as I know, they are two seperate courses but conducted by the same source.
     
  7. god_of_guitar

    god_of_guitar New Member

    ya.. both are conducted by trinity college london... thts wat i think
     
  8. zicky5608

    zicky5608 Power Shortage

    So me playin' guitar for a year now..should i do the course? and if yes how many grades should i skip?
     
  9. god_of_guitar

    god_of_guitar New Member

    that depends on how good you are... ive seen people with 1 year playing expierience and have cleared grade 4 and some not even grade 2
     
  10. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening


    Are you really 13? If so, you've got time on your hands so I'd say you shouldn't. Just breeze through the first couple if you find them easy but do them. You'll take a bit of time learning to sight read anyway if you don't know how to read sheet music.
     
  11. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    ^ I'd safely say 70% of guitarists in India do not know how to sight read.

    Sight reading is very ambiguous since the same note (in the same octave, mind) occurs in more than 1 place. It's a bitch to learn.
     
  12. zicky5608

    zicky5608 Power Shortage

    Oh im good at sight reading. I've been doin it since the beginning..i take classes :D

    n im not so bad :p...i guess i wont skip it then (thx bjr).

    Yes, Im really 13 ^^
     
  13. ace_guitarist

    ace_guitarist New Member

    hey there is no escaping from sight reading man ..at one point of time you will feel the need yourself....and bout the trinity exams they have 2 papers one is the theory paper and the other is the practical one ..theory is very simple and interesting ... practical paper needs a lot of dicipline and practice ..theory paper happens twice a year bout the pracs happen only once ....
     
  14. zicky5608

    zicky5608 Power Shortage

    What do you gotta do in teh practicals?
     
  15. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening


    In the classical course, you have to play a couple of pieces from the syllabus set that you've prepared and one "extempore" (sight read and play, usually simpler than the ones you've prepared), there's is a ear test where they might ask you to sing out notes relative to each other, play scales etc.

    in rock I'm assuming they'll ask you to improvise in a key or two.




    Usually you tend to know where you're supposed to hit the note and they mention it in the book if it's where you wouldn't expect it to be. It still is a bitch to learn and I struggle with the simplest of pieces.
     
  16. zicky5608

    zicky5608 Power Shortage

    Ok thanks alot guyz ..last question (hopefully)..

    Accordin to you when shud I join this course and how much free time i may need in a day?
     
  17. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

    Learn to sight-read! It's worth every bit of the effort.
     
  18. bjr

    bjr Lady of the Evening


    An hour a day should be more than enough if we're strictly talking just course. Of course, there are subtler things such as the right tone that may not come at all.
     
  19. ace_guitarist

    ace_guitarist New Member

    hmm. i guess u should start preparing for this from onwards ..in pracs u will have to play 2 or3 or more ( depending on the grade ) pieces and that to absolutely prefect no mistakes ...and u will have some sight reading then some questions over musical terms ,some scale and the ear test in which the examinar (some feerang) will play on the piano and ask u the key, hmm the tune , tapp the tune .. realive notes etc.......( all this is subjected to the grade like 1st grade willl not have half the things i mentioned where as 5th will have lot more that this)
     

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