At Grade 1, you can learn about pitching and how to swing notes. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Initial 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 sing 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 downloadable syllabus.
The Grade 1 Vocals 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.
An alternative Technical Focus song for Grade 1 Vocals is available now - Love Story by Taylor Swift
Adding bends to blue notes to give a song character
Singing with syncopation
Players choose Playback or Improvising.
You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or sing by ear from an audio track, or both.
You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.
Songs: A Horse With No Name, Almost Lover, Freight Train, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, Sloop John B, White Flag
Real songs. Real skills. Real progress.
'Imagine you’ve just walked on stage [with] 20,000 people screaming your name.'
Improvisation is a key skill for contemporary musicians. Many of the best tracks you hear came from studio improvisation sessions.