VOCALS – GRADE 8
At Grade 8 you can develop a range of skills and techniques including blues inflections, vocal falls and grace notes, vocal agility and improvisational feel. In the exam you’ll play a set list of three songs and demonstrate your playback or improvising skills.
Everything you need to know about the exam, including durations, marking, room setup and what to take, can be found in the Vocals syllabus.
EXAM STRUCTURE AND MARK SCHEME
A song chosen from the relevant graded Trinity Vocals songbook, played with the Trinity backing track, sung to a backing track
Either a different song chosen from the relevant graded Trinity Vocals songbook, played with the Trinity backing track
or a song from the additional Trinity Vocals arrangements at trinityrock.com/extra-songs
or an own-choice song
or a song composed by the candidate
Song 2 may:
- be unaccompanied
- be sung to a backing track (which can be pre-recorded by the candidate)
- include a live, self-played accompaniment on any instrument
- include an accompaniment played or sung live by another musician
Either playback or improvising
A technical focus song chosen from the relevant graded Trinity Vocals songbook, containing specific technical elements, sung to a backing track
In your Grade 8 exam you’ll play a set list of three songs. Two of these will be from our Grade 8 songbooks, including a technical focus (TF) song which focuses on two specific technical skills which run throughout the song, so you can demonstrate these techniques seamlessly in your performance. Your other song can be from our Grade 8 songbooks, or can be a song of your own choice, a song that you’ve written, or a cover version that you’ve arranged.
These songs are included in the Grade 8 Vocals (Female) songbooks:
|ARETHA FRANKLIN||I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) (TF)|
|MARY J. BLIGE||No More Drama|
|MARIAH CAREY||Vision Of Love (TF)|
|EVA CASSIDY||Over The Rainbow|
|KATE BUSH||This Woman's Work (TF)|
|LONDON GRAMMAR||Wasting My Young Years|
These songs are included in the Grade 8 Vocals (Male) songbooks:
|STEVIE WONDER||For Once In My Life|
|MARVIN GAYE||I Heard It Through The Grapevine*|
|JAMES BROWN||It's A Man's Man's Man's World (TF)|
|OTIS REDDING||I've Been Loving You Too Long|
|QUEEN||Somebody To Love (TF)|
|GUNS N'ROSES||Sweet Child O' Mine|
|WHAM!||Wake Me Up Before You Go-go|
|SAM SMITH||Lay Me Down (TF)|
|LED ZEPPELIN||Stairway To Heaven|
* Available as a download from store.trinitycollege.com
The two Grade 8 Vocals songbooks, one each for male and female voice, include everything you need for your exam, including sheet music for eight songs, along with performance hints and tips and background information for each song.
They also contain a code that gives access to downloadable demo and backing tracks for each of the songs. Buy and download your resources here.
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY
For inspiration, have a listen to our Spotify playlists featuring the artist’s original versions of our Rock & Pop 2018 Vocals songs for Grades 6-8. If you don’t already have a Spotify account, it’s free to set one up. Follow us and our playlists to easily find them again.
Develop the skills professional musicians rely on in their careers, and learn how to play music you’ve never seen or heard before or improvise over a track in the session skills part of your exam. You can choose which skill to demonstrate in your exam.
Candidates choosing this option perform some music they haven’t seen or heard before. The test consists of a series of short melodic phrases, which candidates repeat back in turn, over a backing track. See the syllabus for full requirements and graded parameters.
Candidates choosing this option improvise in a specified style over a recorded backing track that they haven’t seen or heard before. The backing track consists of a passage of music played in a loop. See the syllabus for full requirements and graded parameters.
Download example Playback and Improvisation test audio and charts for Grade 8 Vocals (Female).
Download example Playback and Improvisation test audio and charts for Grade 8 Vocals (Male).
You can find out more about the session skills tests, including technical expectations and how they are marked, in the Vocals syllabus.
We will be releasing additional arrangements suitable for use as own-choice songs.
There’s also a range of songs from the 2015-2017 Trinity Rock & Pop syllabus that match the current own-choice parameters, and can also be used for Song 2.See the latest releases and the list of 2015-2017 songs
All songs can be transposed into a different key to suit the range of the performer. Use our transposition tool to transpose songs by +/- 5 semitones. The new key versions can be saved to MP3 and used in the exam. Please note that the examiner will not have their own transposed versions of backing tracks, so it's important that candidates bring their transposed tracks to the exam.