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Trinity Guildhall or ABRSM?

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Hi there,

Possibly one for those that are based in the UK. Which of these two exam systems would you recommend? I'm aware that Jazz learning goes much further with Trinity (> grade 8 as opposed to grade 5 only), but from the websites it seems that they are pretty even in what they offer, aside from this. Is ABRSM really more classical in the end? Is Trinity more contemporary in learning material? Does this matter? My aim is to be a better player. Thoughts?
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The AB has always been rather stuffy, although it has lightened up in recent years - perhaps under the pressure from Trinity. Much may depend on purpose. If the exam is important for someone's career, I would check which is more acceptable to the prospective college/university, etc. Otherwise, use whichever syllabus is more friendly. I lean towards Trinity on this, but have always used the AB.
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