17. Performance Directions
Grade 2. lesson 17 performance directions
Working with Performance Directions
For Grade Two Music Theory, you will need to know all the foreign musical terms and symbols
which you learnt for Grade One. Along with a few more.
If you feel the need to revise the grade one terms, do so NOW. Before you start to work on
these extra ones for Grade Two.
You will find the grade one foreign terms in lesson 18 page 78/79 of the 'Music Theory Course
Book'. If not you can revise on-line, by going to lesson 18 and lesson 19 grade one.
As in Grade one, the list of words will be set in small sections, I hope this will help
you to learn
and remember the words easier. If you enjoyed playing the game with the words while learning
grade one, you can think of these being a few more extra to add to your list.
In each of the ABRSM examinations there are always more foreign terms to learn, so our
advice is, once you know them keep using them regular. By doing this you will only have a short
list to add to your knowledge of terms, each time you step up a grade.
Music Signs for Grade Two
The sign 1a. over or under a note means
that it has to be played with an accent.
The sign 1b over or under the note means
the same,or even stronger accent.
The sign 2a. Dots inside a slur means
the notes should be slightly separated
(semi-staccato) but less separated than
notes with ordinary staccato dots.
The sign 3a. A wedge sign indicates a
super-staccato (staccatissimo) the note
is to be played as briefly as possible
The sign 4a The sign _ means the note is
to be given a slight pressure (and generally