Effective Date: September 1, 2002
Piano examination candidates are no longer exempted from playing octave scales and solid four-note chords on the basis of having small hands.
Candidates will be required to prepare all Technical Tests as described in the Piano Syllabus, 2015 Edition for their grade. For all four-note tonic chords and octave scale s, candidates may choose one of the options outlined below. The chosen option need not be indicated in advance to the examiner and will be evaluated on the same merit as all other technical tests for that grade. No prior approval is required from RCM Examinations.
Solid four-note chords:
- Chords may be played in a rapidly rolled manner (must be quite distinct from the additional requirement of evenly broken chords in sixteenths) OR
- The lowest note of the chord may be played alone followed very quickly by the upper three notes in solid form (played like a grace note to the upper three notes played in solid form) OR
- The lower three notes of the chord in solid form may be played as a "grace chord" to the single upper octave note (the reverse of the above second option).
In all cases, use of pedal may be applied to enhance the "solid" effect. Regular four-note chord fingering should be used in all cases.
- Solid octaves may be substituted with broken octaves beginning on the lower note, either in even sixteenths, or with the lower note played as a rapid grace note to the upper octave note.