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箏考級曲目7-9級書(+演奏文憑級)/ Guzheng Exam Level 7-9 (+Performance Level) book

病了很久,傷風咳一直都好不了,現在終於好了一點可以寫文!之前寫了一篇有關箏考級曲目1-6級書的文,今次我就寫寫它的7-9級(+演奏文憑級)那一本。

跟1-6級那本一樣,如果是在中國大陸以外的地方考級,很多學生都是需要使用這本書的,包括每年在香港、加拿大、美國考級的朋友。我去年跟加拿大庇詩中樂團購買,大約$30加元。如有需要,香港考試評核局也可以把書本空郵到外地,方便購買。書本是全繁體中文的。

7-9級的這一本包含的歌曲沒1-6級那本那麼多,主要是因為7-9級的歌都比較長。7-8級的每級有四首練習曲和四首樂曲。9級和演奏文憑級的則各有三首練習曲和四首樂曲。一些比較有名的樂曲如「戰台風」、「男兒當自強」(節錄)、「將軍令」等都收錄其中。每一級的最尾都會講解該級歌曲的背景。

我現在正練習八級的雪山春曉,感覺比七級的難很多,那個距離有點似四級和五級之間的分別。(記得剛開始彈五級的時侯,感到相當的吃力,好像跟四級的差別特別大,所以也花了很長的時間才過了……)。

要知道的是,跟1-6級那本書一樣,這書本排版印刷時頗多錯漏,所以有多地方有錯誤。大家可以參考其他箏友彈奏,或是詢問老師,更正錯誤的地方。

 

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I have been sick for so long (thanks to my little one who goes to daycare), my cough simply wouldn’t go away. Now, I finally feel a bit better and can write a new blog post :). A while ago, I wrote a blog post about the “GuZheng Exam Level 1-6” book. This time, I will talk about its Level 7-9 (+ diploma) book.

Similar to the Level 1-6 book, if you live outside mainland China, as far as I know, most students need to use this book. For example, students in Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S. are required to use this book to take the annual Guzheng exam. I bought mine from the B.C Chinese Music Association in Canada last year for about $30 cdn. The book is printed in traditional Chinese. The Hong Kong Examinations Assessment Authority can also mail it to places outside Hong Kong, so this gives some flexibility if you can’t purchase from a local examination authority.

This Level 7-9 book does not have as many songs as the Level 1-6 one. This is, I guess, mainly because level 7-9 songs are generally longer. For level 7 and level 8, each level has four practice songs and four main songs. For level 9 and the performance level, each level has three practice songs and four main songs. This book includes some very famous songs, such as Some of the more famous pieces of music such as “A man should be self-reliant” and “Fighting with Typhoons”. The end of each level includes a section that talks about the background of each song.

Currently, I am practicing “The Dawn in Spring in the Snowy Mountain” of Level 8.  I feel that this is way more difficult than the songs from Level 7. It reminds me of the difficulty when I first started playing level 5 – I remember when I finished level 4 and started level 5, I found the gap in the difficulty was really big. Now I have the same feeling for Level 8.

What you need to know is that, similar to the Level 1-6 book, there are many mistakes in the book – there are quite a lot of printing errors. So, it would be great to ask other Guzheng players or your teachers to ensure that you make those corrections before playing.

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