Grade 3

At Grade 3, you can learn about accents and how to play arpeggiated chords. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 2 Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the syllabus.

 

Grade 3 Guitar song list

The Grade 3 Guitar songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

Grade 3 Guitar demo video

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Explore the different guitar sounds in the Radiohead song

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Palm muting down strokes and accenting certain notes

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Using the pentatonic scale and instrumental techniques for improvisation

Session Skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.

Playback

You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.

Improvising

You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.

Songs:  All Day And All Of The Night, Basket Case, Creep, John Barleycorn, Sunshine Of Your Love, Turn! Turn! Turn!

 

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