Guitar

Grade 4

This section provides a summary of information about the Guitar Grade 4.

Guitar Grade 4 sections:

Sample
Key Features
Exam Structure
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Sample

Scroll through Guitar sheet music samples at each grade.

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Key Features

Key features learnt at Grade 4 are:

  • 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 skills

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Exam Structure

The exam lasts 25 minutes and the structure is shown below:

  1. Pieces or technical exercises
  2. Technical exercises or pieces
  3. Sight reading or improvisation
  4. Ear tests
  5. General musicianship questions

Pieces

At Grade 4:

  • Pieces last up to 2 minutes and 15 seconds. There is development of stylistic techniques and stylistic sounds
  • Candidates must prepare a total of 3 pieces for a Grade Exam and 5 pieces for a Performance Certificate
  • Pieces are over 2 pages
  • There is an option of 2 free choice pieces for a Grade Exam and 3 free choice pieces for a Performance Certificate

Technical Work

A selection will be asked from 4 sections:

  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Chords
  • Riff

Sight Reading or Improvisation

At Grade 4 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation.

Sight Reading
  • 8 bars in D major or G major. D minor or A minor at 80-90bpm
  • ½ and ¼ and 1/8 notes with ¼ note rests in 4/4
  • 2 bars of melodic improvisation at the end using chord symbols within the piece
  • 90 seconds preparation and practice
Improvisation
  • 8 bars in G major or D major or A minor or D minor at 90-100bpm
  • 2 bars of chord sight reading at the start
  • 30 seconds preparation
  • 1 practice play through with backing

Ear Tests

There are two tests which are Melodic and Rhythmic Recall. These help develop the two key guitar skills; Lead and Rhythm playback.

Melodic Recall
  • You will hear a two bar melody in C major pentatonic or B minor pentatonic played twice with a drum backing track
  • You will then have a period of practice
  • You will then be asked to play the melody along with the drum backing. The first note will be the tonic and the first interval will be descending
Rhythmic Recall
  • You will hear a tonic chord of C major and then two further chords made up from chords I, IV or V in a given rhythm shown in the Guitar Grade 4 Book
  • The test is heard twice with a drum backing track
  • You will then have a period of practice
  • You will then be asked to play the chords in the given rhythm to the drum backing track

General Musicianship Questions

For this section of the exam you choose the piece to answer 5 questions on:

  • 4 questions on the piece and include, clef, meaning of the time signature, note and rest values and the construction of a major and minor chord
  • 1 question is on your instrument including, parts of the guitar, location of volume and tone controls on the guitar and the volume/gain controls on the amp


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