Posts Tagged ‘cello’

Exam or no more exam?

May 30, 2017

Time flies, my first one was May 2011 then another one 2 years after that, and again in October 2014.    I used to do forecast of result but after the bad experience of last exam I’m not going to forecast the outcome this time.

2 of the pieces are popular exam picks except Bach’s Chorale No 1,
Pierre Fournier transcribed Bach’s song into a beautiful piece.   Most people pick Bach’s Prelude for Suite No 1 for unaccompanied cello.    This one is so popular it’s just hard to draw examiner’s attention.


I had to do the exam this year using the old 2010-2015 syllabus or else I’ll have to work on the new 2016 syllabus.


Will I go for more exam after this?    I really don’t know.

PS: this was drafted a year ago!


Exam again

October 21, 2014

OK let me recap what I did before, my first in May 2011 second in May 2013 and the recent one just last week.

I should have chosen August/September rather than September/October, the extra time didn’t really help. How well you prepared sometime doesn’t really count in exam result. Exam is exam after all.

My teacher said my pieces aren’t the popular choices, exam is like torture I like to make it enjoyable. Pieces from Bach I could practically play it everyday for the rest of my life.


How did I do this time, it’s forecast moment.

Scale: I did a bit better than last time, I guess I’ll get 14 (pass).

Sight Reading: I was given 3 lines with an easy start on G then Tenor clef from mid-way, OMG I probably would get 12 if he’s mean! I hate tenor clef.

Aural: For whatever reasons the examiner really has rushed it on me, I’m normally pretty good at singing the tune I’ll be lucky this time to get 12.

3 pieces: I think I did as good or slightly better than last time (got 80 out of 90) but I think this examiner is stricter so I’ll be lucky to get 75. My teacher said for Bach it’s a matter of taste, his taste matters not mine.

My forecast is therefore 113.

Timing of the exam was also bad at 9:17am I had no way to warm up at the little shop there. This could explain why the examiner has rushed it on me and I hope it wasn’t due to my chatting with him at the start or whatever inappropriate that I have said.

To reward myself I shopped new strings for myself and a new 3/4 cello for him right afterwards


Third one

June 19, 2014

What has he used this for?   As a defense (not attack I hope) weapon or racket?

his second cello a 2/4

I think the scaling isn’t linear, I’ll measure the length of the strings and check the maths.   The change from 2/4 to 3/4 is smaller than I thought.
2/4, 3/4 and 4/4

Know it by making mistakes

January 1, 2014

As a beginner I don’t fancy things like Rosin, the fact is that it’s hard to learn about these things until you have tried them. You could read reviews, recommendations or ask a teacher but none of these will help. It’s like strings to know what you like you have to try more.


The shop recommended this, the “metal additives” give distinguishable metallic sound. It’s good that I have a set of warm strings or else this may have to be retired to drawer.