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#2071595 - 04/26/13 02:40 PM metronome
adultpianist Offline
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I am doing ABRSM Grade 4. In order to judge the speed of the exam pieces I use a metronome. However, one of the pieces says it has to be played at 66. So, I turn the metrone to 66 and listen to the speed. Obviously you start slow and when you have the right fingering etc, you play at the correct speed for the exam and obviously for the piece in question, because even without taking an exam, the piece should be played at the right speed. Nowadays the exam books come with a CD so you can listen to how it should sound played properly. The speed on the CD is not at 66. It is slower and when I put the metronome on and play the CD the two speeds do not match. The speed of 66 is faster than the CD version so I am going to query this with my teacher and see what she says. Anyone have any advice?


Edited by adultpianist (04/26/13 02:41 PM)

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#2071606 - 04/26/13 02:49 PM Re: metronome [Re: adultpianist]
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A lot of speeds are suggested, and often up for interpretation. But if you're sitting for the exam, I would definitely ask your teacher and see what they expect for the exam.

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#2071614 - 04/26/13 03:00 PM Re: metronome [Re: adultpianist]
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The speed printed on the score is typically the opinion of the editor rather than the composer and even in the latter case should be considered a guide rather than mandatory instruction.

The examiner may well disagree with the indicated tempo or be prepared to accept a slower speed for the tested grade. The ABRSM make it clear that any indicated tempo is a guideline to suggest the right character of the piece and will accept other interpretations.

Unless it appears to be dragging or unpractised any fluent tempo should not cost marks.
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#2071615 - 04/26/13 03:00 PM Re: metronome [Re: adultpianist]
adultpianist Offline
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I would think she would say go with how the CD is because I doubt if the CD is wrong but even so, I will ask my teacher, but for now, I will play how the CD speed is and interestingly enough, the ABRSM website which has youtube videos of all the exam pieces is also played at the speed on my CD

This is the piece I am talking about and taken from the ABRSM site. If anyone has a metronome please turn it to 66 and you will see what I mean.

http://youtu.be/p0wx9ZxkBAA




Edited by adultpianist (04/26/13 03:05 PM)

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#2071747 - 04/26/13 06:25 PM Re: metronome [Re: adultpianist]
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Sorry to hi jack the thread but I was reminded by the subject on an excellent podcast I heard a while back. The subject was the metronome which was not in general use when Beethoven first began his works. Listen on

http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2013/feb/19/speedy-beet/
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#2071803 - 04/26/13 09:29 PM Re: metronome [Re: adultpianist]
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The metronome speed is just a guide. I played pieces for exam where they are below the indicated tempo and still ace the exam and the examiner still wrote stuff like "energetic tempo" even though I played way below the indicated tempo. I was concerned about it at first but my teacher didn't seem to care about the speed as long as it accurate and musically appropriate. Of course, you don't play lento when it is marked vivace...

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#2071857 - 04/26/13 11:37 PM Re: metronome [Re: albynism]
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Originally Posted By: albynism
The metronome speed is just a guide. I played pieces for exam where they are below the indicated tempo and still ace the exam and the examiner still wrote stuff like "energetic tempo" even though I played way below the indicated tempo. I was concerned about it at first but my teacher didn't seem to care about the speed as long as it accurate and musically appropriate. Of course, you don't play lento when it is marked vivace...

Ahem...Pogorelich...
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#2071921 - 04/27/13 02:33 AM Re: metronome [Re: Polyphonist]
albynism Offline
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Originally Posted By: Polyphonist

Ahem...Pogorelich...


In exam we always try to play it safe laugh

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