Poll: Which Song?
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View poll results: Which Song?
Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
2 5%
Still got the Blues - Gary Moore
4 10%
Layla - Eric Clapton
14 34%
Walking by Myself - Gary Moore
2 5%
Last Horizon - Queen
1 2%
I want it all - Queen
1 2%
Doctor Doctor - UFO
2 5%
Evil That Men Do - Iron Maiden
3 7%
Ain't Talkin' bout Love - Van Halen
3 7%
other (please state)
9 22%
Voters: 41.
#1
In music I have to choose a solo piece to play (guitar), but I'm having trouble picking a song
#2
Play Jazz or Classical. If you play a rock or metal song, you'll just look like a penis and get a bad grade.

Try out some of Bach's guitar pieces.
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#3
Sons De Carrilhoes
Nice spanish guitar, check it out on youtube.
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#4
Canon Rock?
Any Satch song?
Glasgow Kiss?

I'm saying this 'cause it can't have vocals, even if it is vocals in the backing track.
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#5
Quote by rabidguitarist
Play Jazz or Classical. If you play a rock or metal song, you'll just look like a penis and get a bad grade.

Try out some of Bach's guitar pieces.



I hope you're not serious.


Play whatever you want. If it appears challenging but you can play it flawlessy you'll get a high grade.
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#6
Play the classical song Romance. My chemical romance did a cover of it on their first album if you need to hear it (I can't remember the Spaniard who originally composed it; it was someone who revolutionized the guitar and turned it into a classical instrument as opposed to a peasant's hobby).
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#7
Quote by rabidguitarist
Play Jazz or Classical. If you play a rock or metal song, you'll just look like a penis and get a bad grade.

Try out some of Bach's guitar pieces.


...no.

The style is totally irrelevant, and the difficulty of the piece only changes anything up to grade 5 standard. There is no advantage to playing a grade 8 piece over a grade 5 piece at GCSE.

TS, play any piece you know you can play flawlessly and comfortably, most of the marks come from your own style and how good your performance is.
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#8
Quote by duncang
...no.

The style is totally irrelevant, and the difficulty of the piece only changes anything up to grade 5 standard. There is no advantage to playing a grade 8 piece over a grade 5 piece at GCSE.

TS, play any piece you know you can play flawlessly and comfortably, most of the marks come from your own style and how good your performance is.


There's 4 categories.

Accuracy - well.. accuracy
Interpretive - how good they made it, and did they use any technical stuff? E.g Wah pedals/other effects.
Expressive - can't remember what this is. And
Demand - the difficulty of the piece.
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#9
Quote by Oblivion_Rps
There's 4 categories.

Accuracy - well.. accuracy
Interpretive - how good they made it, and did they use any technical stuff? E.g Wah pedals/other effects.
Expressive - can't remember what this is. And
Demand - the difficulty of the piece.


Yup, and Demand is out of 5, one for each grade.

The other three are to do with how well you play it, not whether or not they're jazz/classical pieces
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Alright, I'll give them a try, Japanese Black Speed rarely disappoints.

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Hmm judging from your pic you'd fit in more with a fat busted tribute.
#10
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#11
Quote by Oblivion_Rps
There's 4 categories.

Accuracy - well.. accuracy
Interpretive - how good they made it, and did they use any technical stuff? E.g Wah pedals/other effects.
Expressive - can't remember what this is. And
Demand - the difficulty of the piece.



But difficultly is the least important.

If it's difficult and you're crap, you get a crap mark, if you do an easy piece 100%, you'll get full marks.
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#12
Quote by duncang
Yup, and Demand is out of 5, one for each grade.

The other three are to do with how well you play it, not whether or not they're jazz/classical pieces


Then how come when my GCSE class did our solo performances, all my friends played rock or metal songs on guitar, flawlessly, and got terrible grades, and I played a grade 8 piece on piano and got full marks?
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#13
Quote by duncang
Yup, and Demand is out of 5, one for each grade.

The other three are to do with how well you play it, not whether or not they're jazz/classical pieces


Demand is out of 6.

the higher end of Grade 3 is a 5 Demand. Which is pretty stupid.


Quote by jambi_mantra
But difficultly is the least important.

If it's difficult and you're crap, you get a crap mark, if you do an easy piece 100%, you'll get full marks.


But I suppose it's a way to make you progress.

And by difficulty, it's not just speed. It's technicality and wether or not you can keep up with it.
Stuff like improvising over a difficult chord sequence, time signature change into like 7/8, key changes, the odd fast lick etc.
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Last edited by Oblivion_Rps at Nov 15, 2008,
#14
Quote by nightraven
oblivion_rps - your exam mark scheme depends entirely on the exam board.


Good point.
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#15
I'm doing GCSE music this year aswell, ive gone for something fairly easy for my solo piece (Joy. Discovery. Invention- Biffy Clyro), just because its so easy i can play it 100% flawlessly. For my group piece, however, im doing Your Hand In Mine- Explosions In The Sky, which is very hard to remember, but tis brilliant for me, and the other guitarist and drummer, as its 3 difficult ish parts, and tis hard to remember.
#17
I remember when I did GCSE Music, got an A. Just remember that you are judged on your ability, timing, dynamics and other aspects of your ability to handle the piece you chose. It doesn't matter what it is, play anything you want, we all did, we all passed, just ensure it has some degree of difficulty you can handle.
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#18
Quote by rabidguitarist
Then how come when my GCSE class did our solo performances, all my friends played rock or metal songs on guitar, flawlessly, and got terrible grades, and I played a grade 8 piece on piano and got full marks?


Because whoever marked them is a dumb motherfucker.
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im more of a social godzilla than chameleon

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Alright, I'll give them a try, Japanese Black Speed rarely disappoints.

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Hmm judging from your pic you'd fit in more with a fat busted tribute.
#19
Quote by rabidguitarist
Play Jazz or Classical. If you play a rock or metal song, you'll just look like a penis and get a bad grade.

Try out some of Bach's guitar pieces.

I played Master of Puppets (which I hate, by the way) and got an A*.
#20
Quote by duncang
Because whoever marked them is a dumb motherfucker.


But what if he gets the same examiner?

You have to play the game, not do what you think is right and bitch when you find out it's biased.
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#21
Quote by daniel.mycoe
I remember when I did GCSE Music, got an A. Just remember that you are judged on your ability, timing, dynamics and other aspects of your ability to handle the piece you chose. It doesn't matter what it is, play anything you want, we all did, we all passed, just ensure it has some degree of difficulty you can handle.


This.

Also, the thing my teachers stress most with pieces is dynamics. There MUST be some sort of noticable dynamic variation.
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#22
Doctor Doctor pleeeease play that song!
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#24
Quote by rabidguitarist
But what if he gets the same examiner?

You have to play the game, not do what you think is right and bitch when you find out it's biased.



No you just send it back to get it remarked.


Besides, at GCSE, depending on what exam board you're on, it gets marked by your music teacher. I did Through the Never by Metallica, recorded and marked by my music teacher who gave me full marks, it was sent off, verified and I still got full marks.

The point is most of it is common sense, do something easy enough you can play it 100% and is hard enough that it isn't classed as a piece for beginners.

Quote by nightraven
i can't believe i'm agreeing with rabid, lol.

but i don't see why kids have to go all technical and put on their metal image instead of playing a little classical piece on the school guitars.

my gcse exam was marked by our music teachers, not professional examiners and sure it was all recorded but GCSE is not frantically moderated.

lol



Because not everyone wants to, or can play classical music. And if it's like my school, it won't have any guitars to do it on.
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#25
For The Love of God.

/thread
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#26
Quote by rabidguitarist
But what if he gets the same examiner?

You have to play the game, not do what you think is right and bitch when you find out it's biased.


But 'playing the game' isn't about catering to crap examiners, it's about doing what your teacher or the exam board says you should do.
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im more of a social godzilla than chameleon

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Alright, I'll give them a try, Japanese Black Speed rarely disappoints.

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Hmm judging from your pic you'd fit in more with a fat busted tribute.
#27
Quote by Oblivion_Rps
This.

Also, the thing my teachers stress most with pieces is dynamics. There MUST be some sort of noticable dynamic variation.


True, adding some little extras in never hurt anyone either. Sometimes myself and a few others in the class would do completely different arrangements of songs to give them more for the markers to go on.

I would recommend doing this to you since then you are able to remove any parts that you have difficulty with and focus on something you find simpler.
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#29
Quote by the fendernator
Ahh GCSE music! Those wre the days! I improvised something and got full marks. They can't mark you down unless you hit a bad note or miss a bend.


What the hell?

What exam board was that?
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#30
I played this and got a fairly good grade, if you want to check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6LotiAcF1w
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#31
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For The Love of God.

/thread


Don't do this. It's too long, and boring.

If you wanna do a Vai song, do Tender Surrender.



Quote by the fendernator
Ahh GCSE music! Those wre the days! I improvised something and got full marks. They can't mark you down unless you hit a bad note or miss a bend.


I wanted to do that, but we have to supply Sheet Music, so I can't improvise the whole thing.
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