Whether you are a new piano player or a full-time professional, tests can be a strenuous and often daunting task. Each test has its separate challenges. However, if you Waec expo prepare for your tests correctly, it could mean the difference between passing and failing.
For this example, let us pretend that we are sitting for a Grade Six piano test. Allow the record denote i always have sat and passed a Grade Six test. Although naturally I did so not pass it well : this has been the effect of a severe lack of preparation before the test. I did so not put the time or effort into my preparation for this music test. I can assure you from first hand experience that you need more than a quarter-hour practice three to four times a week to effectively prepare for a Grade Six piano test!
90 DAYS BEFORE THE TEST
At this time you should be doing approximately one hour’s worth of practice a day, five days a week. In your selected pieces you should be able to at least press all of the right notes. The time has come to start developing your pieces from a series of notes to a piano masterpiece. Concentrate on things like expression, characteristics and rate. Put some feelings and feelings into your pieces.
You should also profusely study all of your theory and skin scales. Too much skin scales and theory are neglected at this time and are only revised about a fortnight before the test. This is a terrible mistake! Remember the more you study now, the more you will retain this information, thus having a better chance of keeping in mind the desired knowledge during your test.
A MONTH BEFORE THE TEST
It is time to the anti a bit. You should be spending one and a half to two hours practicing a day, six days a week. The time has come to erase all of the minor flaws in your items of music. Practice things like getting that tricky triplet sounding fluent and making sure you hit the F sharp with your fourth finger rather than the 6th. These issues might seem minor, but it will help you exceptionally with your test.
Practice without the page music in front of you and see how well you go. During your test if you rely too heavily on your score, I can guarantee you will stuff up. Learn your music off by heart.
Also, make sure that your test becomes your primary priority. One of these distracted by other issues in your life. Do not become distracted by relationship, financial or other issues that might divert your attention from your test. You will become stressed and worn out, and you will not perform at your potential.
SEVEN DAY BEFORE YOUR TEST
Now is the time to just practice, practice, practice! I would recommend doing between 2-3 hours per day by now. You need to have all of the knowledge required for the test. It is simply a matter of revising it for your test.
Whilst we are working and studying hard, we need to remain relaxed. Said into perspective; it is only an test. There is no need to worry about it 24/7.
DAY BEFORE YOUR TEST
Most people on the night before an test practice for 5-6 hours, studying until some ungodly hour in the morning. This is a big no-no! At maximum you should only play through your pieces once. What I enjoy do is pretend I am actually sitting for the test. So i would do my skin scales first, then my pieces in order, and then do some picture reading.
Don’t try to do any late revision for your test. Chances are that you’re going to only put leftover pressure on yourself and more prominently you will only have a small possiblity to remember it for your test. Do not get distracted by other things in your life. Your piano test is tomorrow : the rest can wait another day.
Relax! It is essential that you get a good night’s sleep. I would recommend that you get 8 to 10 hours solid sleep if you can spend the money for luxury.
MORNING BEFORE YOUR TEST
Do not do any work, whether it is piano related or not. Do something fun that doesn’t require a lot of brain power. Watch a movie. Kick a baseball ball. Do whatever you enjoy.
Try to eat a healthy breakfast. However, if you suffer from butterflies in the stomach, that i suffer from exceptionally, don’t try to force anything down. It will only comes straight back up! (Trust me! )
I will say it again, RELAX! Attempt not to think about your test. Don’t try to think about your theory, skin scales, pieces, fingering etc. etc. Don’t think in what you have and haven’t done for your test. This will still only get you all frazzled and this will seriously hinder your test.