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    Common words or phrases to use in Music 1 aural trial/exam?

    Was wondering if you guys could help

    Like what is your though process, what do you listen for the most, or words you find yourself using a lot. Any tips great appreciated THX

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    Re: Common words or phrases to use in Music 1 aural trial/exam?

    Hi Danneo,

    There is no specific wording you need to use but whatever observation you are making about the excerpt, you need to make reference to the question. For example, if the question asked is 'describe how pitch is used in this excerpt', say you talk about melody, you comment on it and make a reference back to pitch, so something like 'the violin melodic line first plays in the upper range and then slowly decesding into some lower-ranged phrases, exploring the diverse pitch range of the instrument. Hope that helps
    Last edited by dtmliao; 9 Aug 2018 at 4:33 AM.
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    Re: Common words or phrases to use in Music 1 aural trial/exam?

    I would just get a list of buzzwords if you like that you can apply to extracts with reference to each of the concepts - especially contrasting ones e.g warm lower register contrasts the cold, harsh upper register etc.

    I jot down bullet points and then write a little essay thing, maybe structured bullet points is better overall anyway.
    I reckon first thing you should do is identify the instrument entry order, and then see where that takes you - range, layer, role, melody etc
    This then leads to overall tonality and structure - structure often identified by dynamics etc.
    If unsure just write aerophone, chordophone etc
    If unsure of exact time signature it could likely be changing.

    Just practice - that's the best way to get better, just do past HSC papers.
    Last edited by bjw22; 14 Aug 2018 at 9:20 PM.
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