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Topic: ABRSM Performance  (Read 999 times)

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ABRSM Performance
on: May 04, 2022, 09:55:20 AM
Hey, I am an intermediate pianist and I am going to take the ABRSM Grade 5 soon. I am unsure whether my pieces are good. I am aiming for a merit or distinction, I have chosen Bagatellen op. 119 (Beethoven), Sweet dreams (Tchaikovsky), Blue waltz (Denes Agay), and Fur Elise for my own choice piece. Any tips on how to make my performance sound better? I might post a video if possible. Thanks.

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Re: ABRSM Performance
Reply #1 on: May 04, 2022, 11:15:12 AM
Fur Elise for my own choice piece

I guess it might be too late now, but I personally wouldn't want to play that piece for an ABRSM exam. Way too overplayed, not that it is a bad thing, but that your judges probably have heard that piece a billion times and might be a tad bit overly critical than a piece they may not have heard as often. That being said if you really enjoy a certain piece it is probably going to be a piece you play better than a piece you do not enjoy.

Regardless, make sure you get good sleep and take it easy on practice starting a few days from your exam. Make sure you get a good, but small breakfast before you perform, and absolutely stay away from any type of junky/ fatty foods. Sticking to your normal routine leading up to a performance is also very important. If you start doing things differently than you normally do, you're body/ subconscious will recognize that and your adrenal/ cortisol will increase over the course of the week leading up to when you perform.

Meditation and breathing exercises are also a great way to center yourself before a performance, but if you haven't been doing those things consistently you should probably wait to work on those things.

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