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Need help with Bach

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tallbassplayer, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Tallbassplayer


    Jan 12, 2013
    got the 'J.S. Bach for Electric Bass' book and want to know if anyone knows what Grades the pieces are, in particular Sarabande
  2. kirkdickinson

    kirkdickinson Supporting Member

    Grades? I don't understand the question?
  3. Randyt

    Randyt Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    What Bach pieces you will be playing in Conservatory Grades???
  4. Sni77


    Aug 23, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
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  6. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    Aaahhh, Bach....
  7. tjnkoo


    Apr 19, 2011
    Metro Atlanta
    I'm not sure what you mean by Grades but I have the same book and it's great, especially to play on the fretless!!
  8. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    I doubt that those pieces are graded. You might look at what they were taken from. Don't have my copy handy, but I think some of them are taken from miscellaneous pieces that he wrote (dances & such) and I don't know if those get graded. You might have better luck if there are some taken from the cello suites (I think they might have a couple in there), as you could go back to the original piece and see if it was graded. Not sure that it would correspond, but at least gives you a ballpark. Is the question out of curiosity or are you thinking of using them for something?
  9. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    Great M*A*S*H reference. You must be as old as me. At least 50.
  10. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
    55 here...and good pick up on that, I was wondering if anyone would get it.
  11. glorth2


    Jan 26, 2006
    43, I clicked on the post just so say "Ahhhhh Bach...".:hyper:
  12. repoman


    Aug 11, 2011
    Kinderhook NY
  13. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    If the piece is not listed then you have to ensure it has all the elements in it as described or laid out in the syllabus. As you are trying to find its grade worth then it is a piece you have chosen. Do not aim to high over the bar when choosing any "self choice" piece. Examiners are not there to be impressed, they are there to judge you on what you present, they take marks away and mark down to arrive at your score.

    So pick wisely and take your teachers advice on choice, I have seen students with the ability to pass.....fail, because they choose a piece that was just to difficult, and in the pressure situation of playing it to be judged failed to come even close to their true ability.
    Playing it and practicing it is not the same a performing it, in performing it you can allow your focus to shift, and before you know it you are making mistakes all over the piece.

    Also a little more detail is needed when you make such a post....context is everything
    Depending on what Bach Seranande the movement has been taken and transcribed for bass, there are many choices, and the nature of the exam that is to be graded for, makes trying to give a valid answer easier. :)

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