GRADE 3

Practical

  • Open-string pedal tones, bends, pre-bends, cross-picking

  • Major and Natural Minor scales. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, Blues scales

  • Major and minor arpeggios, barre chords

  • Playback and performance skills

Theory

  • Sophisticated music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Sophisticated elements of popular music harmony

  • Instrumental components and notation

  • Music notation modification, harmony, stylistic traits and instrumental characteristics

  • Score interpretation to make appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and interpret improvisational directions

GRADE 4

Practical

  • Wide stretches, Double stop fills, string bends

  • Major and Natural Minor. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. Blues scales in two fingering positions, Major, Minor and Dominant 7th arpeggios and chords

  • Playback and performance skills

Theory

  • Intricate music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Intricate elements of popular music harmony

  • Instrumental components and notation

  • 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 appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and

  • Interpret improvisational directions

GRADE 5

Practical

  • Natural harmonics, playing over changes

  • Major and Natural Minor, Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, Blues scales, all in two positions

  • Major and Minor arpeggios over two octaves. Chords in three inversions

  • Playback and performance skills

Theory

  • Intricate music notation, time signatures and note values

  • Intricate 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 appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and

  • Interpret improvisational directions

Intermediate

Advanced

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