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Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)

(Text as at 10/10/2018 16:43:41)

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Resources

  1. Sheet Music and Books on Music are summarised in the following lists:-
  2. A useful site for listening to practice pieces is Spotify (Link).
  3. Time spent since I (re-)started playing these instruments is recorded in my database (as pseudo-Books/Papers) at the following links:-

Detailed Progress & Works Played
  1. Oboe:
    1. My oboe expertise has improved somewhat with practice, though I still have trouble with breath-control, and with playing for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch.
    2. Strangely, I’d never thought the oboe needed to be tuned against the piano, nor was I quite as clear how to vary the pitch so much by controlling the reed. So, I guess that’s progress.
    3. My focus continues to be on the mechanics of breathing, reed-control and tone, but is now moving on into other areas of musicality.
    4. Lessons:
      • 38 from April 2008 to September 2010.
      • 3 from September-October 2018 (on-going)
    5. Practice & Exam pieces for the oboe1:
    6. Also some elementary scales (C major; D major and minor; F major; and G major and minor; E-flat major). Now using:-
      1. "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
      2. "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
    7. Technique:-
      1. Some re-engineering of the fingering for top C# and D – and now D#, E & F – I’m beginning to get used to these, which is an advance over my school days.
      2. Read and tried to apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      3. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
      4. Read "Goossens (Leon) & Roxburgh (Edwin) - Oboe (Yehudi Menuhin Music Guide)".
    8. Violin Books, played on the oboe:-
      1. "Bach (J.S.), Szeryng (Henryk) - Sonatas and Partitas: For Solo Violin",
      2. "Jones (Edward Huws) - Jigs, Reels & Hornpipes: Traditional Fiddle Tunes from England, Ireland & Scotland",
      3. "Jones (Edward Huws) - The Celtic Fiddler",
      4. "Jones (Edward Huws) - The Klezmer Fiddler: Jewish Music of Celebration".
    9. Enigma Ensemble:-
      • Classical
        1. Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody
        2. Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze
        3. Bizet: Carmen Fantasy
        4. Boccherini: Minuet & Trio
        5. Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
        6. East (arr): Three Traditional Tunes
        7. Elgar: Chanson de Matin
        8. Gershwin: Summertime
        9. Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
        10. Grieg: Peer Gynt
        11. Handel: Forrest Music; Water Music
        12. Haydn / Brahms: St. Anthony Chorale
        13. Mozart: Papageno's Song (Magic Flute)
        14. Monteverdi: Three Pieces from the Operas
        15. Music of the Court of Henry VIII
        16. Offenbach: Barcarolle from “The Tales of Hoffmann”; Gallop
        17. Purcell: Popular Pieces
        18. Purcell / Clarke: Trumpet Tunes
        19. Schubert: Ballet from 'Rosamunde'
        20. Schubert: Marche Militaire, Rosamunde (Ballet)
        21. Sousa: Marches, The Liberty Bell
        22. Strauss: The Blue Danube, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
        23. Susato: Danserye
        24. Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Swans, Waltz of the Flowers
        25. Verdi: Rigoletto – La Donna E Mobile
        26. Vivaldi: Two themes from The Seasons (Autumn, Winter)
      • Semi-Classical
        1. Cameron: Cumbria
        2. Joplin: Rags
        3. Lloyd Webber: Requiem – Pie Jesu
        4. Schonberg: Les Miserables – I Dreamed a Dream
        5. Vangelis: Chariots of Fire
      • Popular
        1. Boyle: Music for a Western
        2. Frazer: Sloop John B
        3. Grainer: Old Ned (Steptoe & Son)
        4. Holder / Lea: Merry Christmas Everybody
        5. Lennon / McCartney: Eleanor Rigby, Mull of Kintyre, When I’m 64, Yesterday
        6. Sutherland: Sailing
        7. Traditional: Christmas Bonanza, Jingle Bell Rock
        8. Trombey: Eye Level
  2. Piano:
    1. I’ve been studying Piano since July 2008.
    2. Lessons: 31 from July 2008 to September 2010.
    3. I reached the end of Book 1 of "Barratt (Carol) - The Classic Piano Course (Omnibus Edition: Books 1, 2 & 3)" in December 2008. Final piece: Fur Elise.
    4. From January – August 2009 I was assigned a Grade 2/3 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 2)" – items as below.
      • Minuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach,
      • Corelli – Gavotte,
      • Burgmuller – Arabesque,
      • Beethoven – Sonatina in G,
      • Tchaikovsky – Italian Song,
      • Beethoven – Ecossaise,
      • Couperin – Carnival,
      • Schumann – Melody,
      • Schumann – The Wild Horseman,
      • Kabalevsky - Waltz.
    5. From September 2009 – September 2010 I was assigned a Grade 3/4 book – "Agay (Denes) - Classics to Moderns (Volume 3)" – items as below.
      • Clowns [Kabalevsky, Dmitri]
      • Ecossaise [Weber, Carl Maria Von]
      • First Loss [Schumann, Robert]
      • Little Prelude in C [Bach, Johann Sebastian]
      • Puppet's Complaint [Franck, Cesar]
      • Rondo [Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus]
      • The Mechanical Doll (Six Children's Pieces) [Shostakovich, Dmitri]
      • Waltz [Schubert, Franz]
    6. "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 2":
      • Biehl: Allegro Grazioso from Sonatina in C, Op. 57 No. 1.
    7. "ABRSM - Scales, Arpeggios & Broken Chords: Piano Grade 2".
    8. "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano".
    9. "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
  3. Aural:
    1. "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3".
    2. "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch".
  4. Music Theory:
    1. Theory Theory:
      1. "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1",
      2. "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2".
    2. Theory Practice:
      1. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
      2. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
      3. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
      4. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4",
      5. "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5".
    3. Theory Answers:
      1. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 1",
      2. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 2",
      3. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 3",
      4. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 4",
      5. "ABRSM - Music Theory in Practice: Model Answers Grade 5".

Music Exams
  1. Oboe
    1. I scraped a pass at ABRSM Grade V when at school.
    2. I was working towards Trinity Guildhall Grade VI when I last took lessons (in 2010)
    3. To take ABRSM Grade VI, it is necessary to pass ABRSM Grade V Theory; Music O’ Level is not enough. Trinity Guildhall places no such restriction.
  2. Piano
    1. I was working towards Trinity Guildhall Grade II when I first took lessons (in 2010).
    2. I’m now working towards Trinity Grade VI, in much better shape than last time round.
  3. Theory
    1. I scraped Music O’ Level at school.

Music Exams – Websites
  1. Oboe:
    1. Trinity:
      Trinity: Woodwind Exams
      Trinity: Woodwind Syllabus 2017-2020 (download)
      Trinity: Music Grades Syllabus Supplement (download)
      Trinity: Oboe Grade VI Syllabus 2017-2020 - Shop
      Trinity: About Graded Exams
      Trinity: Supporting Tests (Aural & Sight-Reading)
      Trinity: Assessment Criteria (download)
    2. ABRSM
      ABRSM: Oboe Exams
      → Other links to be followed up when relevant.



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Table of the Previous 7 Versions of this Note:

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14/10/2016 22:14:53 6030 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 5586 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
14/01/2014 17:57:07 4995 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 9093 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
17/04/2012 13:17:46 4757 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
18/12/2010 19:58:05 3634 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)
03/01/2010 21:24:29 3637 Status: Music (Summary of Progress to Date)



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