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All Students preparing for Grade exams are recommended to use the Hofnotes on-line training pages to practise for the aural tests.
At higher grades you must be able to discuss with the examiner musical features such as texture, structure, style, and period of a piece of music. My own web pages to help with these parts of the test at Grade 5+ and at GCSE are available here!
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Texture means the way a piece "feels" in terms of how thickly clustered or thinly spread the notes are, how they are woven together.
Think of different fabrics. Some are light and thin, others heavy and chunky.
Listen to these pieces of musicódo they have light texture? Or are they thicker and heavier?
How many parts can you hear? Do they move independently, weaving around each other, or together in chords?
Try to think of your own words to describe the textures here.
Questions about texture are not asked in ABRSM practical grade exams until Grade V. There are four main textures to listen for:
Click the links on the left to learn more about each texture.
Last updated on: 08/05/2013