What constitutes a 'Slow Melody' at a solo contest? After recently adjudicating at a Midland solo contest, I felt frustrated at what some players now consider to be a 'Slow Melody'. Surely the title suggests a steady tempo, with a melodic foundation? I sat through 30+ performances, with some individuals choosing to play music which resembled a technical exercise from the Arban study book ( e.g runs of demi-semi quavers, played at quite brisk tempos, etc). Following the section, I made my feelings known, stating that I felt some music choices to be inappropriate to play. Some outstanding players made some poor choices, in my opinion. So, what, in your opinion, is a 'Slow Melody' and what are your favourite pieces?