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    Dictation is impossible!!! Aoife_9776

    I'm in JC and I do higher level music. I'm good at most things in music apart from dictation. How are you supposed to do it?! I get the rhythms but the notes are impossible. HELP!

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      I find using tonic sol-fa helps a lot but im dreadful at it

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      Yeah sometimes it works but then again sometimes it's hard to think and organise yourself when you're under pressure

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      Just try get around 25 out of 40 and you'll be grand its 20 marks for the bar lines and rhythm and there's nearly always a dotted crochet in bar two or bar three!

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      And for melody end on the key note

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      For filling in the notation bar lines its 4 marks

      For putting the dotted crochet rhythm in the right place its 1

      The song will ALWAYS end on doh. If it's high doh its a tick On the top. if it's low doh it's a tick on the bottom.

      If you put in the 2 bar line sand a double line at the end, out the (I call it the hiccup cause it sounds like it) the dotted crochet rhythm in the right place and the doh (BTW it's always either 2 minims or 1 semibreve) in the right octave then automatically you have 8.5 in the bag without even starting the dictation!!

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      Check the time signature and make sure that the amount of beats in each bar matches up to the time signature, and there is always only 10 notes that you have to figure out, so make sure that you only have 10. Half the marks go for the rhythm and putting the bar lines in place, so this is 20 marks total, so the breakdown is 15 marks for the correct note (1 and a half marks each), 4 marks for bar lines, and 1 mark for getting the dotted crochet - quaver in the correct place (so, in total for the rhythm of the dotted crochet - quaver, it is 4 marks, and it's worth even more because of the pitch!). The melody will always end on a long note (either a semibreve, or a minum), and the pitch will always be a doh. Sometimes it is easier to work out the pitch of the end of the melody by working backwards from the final note of doh, because the notes may move by step, or could be an arpeggio. Hope this helped!

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      Yeah everybody's tips have helped. I'll keep them in mind in future! :)

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