GRADE 6

Practical

  • Natural and pinched harmonics, two-handed tapping

  • All five shapes of the Minor Pentatonic scale. Dorian mode, Major 7th, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th arpeggios and chords

  • Stylistic study

  • Session work

Theory

  • Complex music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Complex elements of popular music harmony

  • Instrumental components and notation, techniques and stylistic traits

  • How to analyse, identify and modify music notation, harmony, stylistic traits and

  • Instrumental characteristics within a multi-instrumental score

  • How to interpret a score to make a range of appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and interpret improvisational directions while demonstrating stylistic awareness

GRADE 7

Practical

  • Articulated chromatic runs, Natural harmonics melodies, hybrid picking

  • Lydian, Phrygian mode, Jazz Melodic Minor, Major 9th, Minor 9th and Dominant 9th arpeggios and chords. Stylistic Study

  • Session work

Theory

  • Complex music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Complex elements of popular music harmony

  • Instrumental components, specialist notation, techniques and stylistic traits

  • How to analyse, identify and modify music notation, harmony, stylistic traits and

  • Instrumental characteristics within a multi-instrumental score

  • How to interpret a score to make a range of appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and interpret improvisational directions while demonstrating stylistic awareness

GRADE 8

Practical

  • Time signature changes, 16th-note triplets, fingerpicked chords

  • Whole Tone, Diminished, Altered scales, Dominant 7♯5, Dominant 7♭5, Dominant 7♯9, Dominant 7♭9 arpeggios and chords, Diminished arpeggios and Stylistic Study

  • Session work

Theory

  • Complex music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Complex elements of popular music harmony

  • Instrumental components, specialist notation, techniques and stylistic traits

  • How to analyse, identify and modify music notation, harmony, stylistic traits and

  • Instrumental characteristics within a multi-instrumental score

  • How to interpret a score to make a range of appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and interpret improvisational directions while demonstrating stylistic awareness

Advanced

The Music

Intermediate