Any adults on this forum decides to take music exams for saxophones (e.g. Royal School of Music)? Do you think it is worthy or regrettable? I think I am at the junction now......
Sacrilicious,Sacrilicious said:Depends on what you're looking ot get out of them, for me its provided focused lessons and achievable goals. if I had not started with grades I don't think I would of bothered with the important basics that the grades cover like scales sight reading and aural, instead I would have just noodled around making noises and not making progress I just needed this kind of structure to get me going so that I was practicing properly.
I took the ABRSM grade 3 alto sax exam in March and passed with distinction and very glad that I did it. It may not stand for a lot "grade 3" but its meant something to me, and is only just the beginning in my sax playing journey next step is grade 5 (that is after I get my flute up to some sort of reasonable playing standard!!).
Hi Davesaxa1:davesaxa1 said:PPamhk
I would definatley recommend taking the trinity/guildhall jazz grades if you have the opportunity to with a teacher. It will really give you a structured way to learn and give you the peace of mind that you are in the right direction.
I teach the jazz grades and was taught by the co writer of them Malcolm Miles....go for it.
What does it mean to have jazz grade 8 ? Not a lot , and if anything I think it is a tad easy, but you'll come out the other end well equiped