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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......
 

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Absolutely terrifying! By way of contrast, a 17 year old I knew felt sorry for the examiner when she took her grade 7 clarinet exam, and decided to put on a show for him. The confidence of youth.

Good luck with your's.
 

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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!!).
 

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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!!).
Sacrilicious,

I concur with your views totally. I guess I will try the Grade 3 Royal School of Music exam. Thanks.
 

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Which exams?

Trinity and Guildhall or ABRSM?

Someone told me Trinity offers jazz saxophone exams up to grade 8 whilst ABRSM's is up to grade 5 only.
 

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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
 

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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
Hi Davesaxa1:

Thanks a lot for the encourgement. I will discuss it with my tutor soon.
 

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I suggest to take the exams. They tell you were you are. They give you a goal, a realistic one, to reach. They make you learn perfectly some pieces. Speak with your teatcher, and select what you want on the list (if there is a list) of tunes to play. Plus it makes you feel young!
 
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