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    Guitar Grades

    I am a Registered Guitar Teacher and am Registered with the RGT.

    RGT organises internationally recognised examinations in electric, classical and bass guitar – from total beginner to Diploma level – all accredited by the London College of Music (one of the world's most respected music examination boards, established since 1887). The courses are suitable for ALL ages and exam centres are spread widely across the UK and overseas.  The electric guitar exams focus on practical music making and the skills you need to play in a band. If you can learn to play chords, rhythm and lead solos – then you can take one of these exams! Whether or not you want to take an exam, studying an RGT course will help you develop your playing in a comprehensive and structured way I teach from Grade 1 through to Grade 8. Here is a rough breakdown of the RGT Grading system:

    Grade 1
    • "Open" scales of E Natural Minor, E Blues and G Pentatonic Major - 2 Octaves.
    • "Fretted" scales of A major and A Pentatonic Minor - 2 octaves.
    • Major chords - A, C, D, E, G.
    • Minor chords - Am, Dm, Em.
    • Dominant 7th chords - A7, B7, D7, E7.
    • Major 7th chords - AMaj7, CMaj7, DMaj7.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above. Time signature, tempo,
    and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be left to the candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be ex
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above. The candidate will be required to impro this, demonstrating the practical application of scales from section 1 above
    • As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Methods of achieving fluency and clarity in playing.
    • Notes on the fingerboard.
    • Tone production, basic anatomy and mechanism of the instrument and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate grade.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Beating of time.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chord types.

    Grade 2
    • C Major and G Major - 2 octaves.
    • B Pentatonic Minor - 2 octaves.
    • A Natural Minor - 2 octaves.
    • D Pentatonic Major - 2 octaves.
    • A Blues and G Blues - 2 octaves.
    • "Non-barre" chords - Am7, Bm, C7, Em7, FMaj7, G7, GMaj7.
    • Chords using half-barre - Dm7, F, F#m.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above and those listed in previo
    Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be le
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be ex
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above. The candidate will be required to impro this, demonstrating the practical application of scales from section 1 above.
    • As above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Marks will be awarded for inventiveness, stylistic interpretation, phrasing and melodic shaping, fluency and accuracy, clarity a
    production, application of specialist techniques (including string bending, vibrato, slurring etc. where appropriate).
    • Methods of achieving fluency and clarity in playing.
    • Notes on the fingerboard.

    • Tone production, anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate to
    such as the use of specialist techniques.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Beating of time.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chord types.

    Grade 3
    From this Grade onward candidates are required to know the scales and arpeggios listed below in ALL keys. The use
    transpositional patterns is advised. Candidates using Acoustic guitars will not be asked to play in inaccessible keys.
    • The examiner will select a number of the following scales and arpeggios, which should all be played ascending and descen
    memory.
    • 2 octave Major scale.
    • 2 octave Pentatonic Major scale .
    • 2 octave Pentatonic Minor scale.
    • 2 octave Blues scale.
    • 2 octave Natural Minor scale.
    • All Major and Minor 2 octave fretted arpeggios.
    • Candidates should be able to play the following Barre chords from memory, with 2 different fingerings for each:
    • All Minor chords.
    • All Major chords.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above and those listed in prev
    Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be e
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above. The candidate will be required to impro this, demonstrating the practical application of scales and arpeggios from section 1 above.
    • As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Methods of achieving fluency and clarity in playing.
Notes on the fingerboard.
    • Tone production.
    • Anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate to the grade such a
    specialist techniques.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Beating of time.
    • Pitch tests, including interval recognition.
    • Harmony tests, including key type recognition.

    Grade 4
    At this grade candidates are required to know the scales and arpeggios listed below in ALL keys.
The examiner will sel
    of the following scales and arpeggios, which should all be played ascending and descending, and from memory. In addition, ca
    should be familiar with those required for previous grades.

    2 octave Major scales with 2 different fingerboard positions.
    2 octave Pentatonic Major scales with 2 different fingerboard positions.
    2 octave Blues scales with 2 different fingerboard positions.
    2 octave Natural Minor scales with 2 different fingerboard positions.
    All Minor 7th, Dominant 7th and Major 7th 2 octave fretted arpeggios.
    All Minor 7ths.
    All Dominant 7ths.
    All Major 7ths.
    Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above and those listed in prev
    Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be
    candidates initiative.
    Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be e
    The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above. The candidate will be required to impr
    this, demonstrating the practical application of scales and arpeggios from section 1 above.
    As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    Methods of achieving fluency and clarity in playing.
    Notes on the fingerboard.

    • Tone production.
    • Anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate to the grade such a
    specialist techniques.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Recognition of time signature and beating of pulse.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chord types.

    Grade 5

    The examiner will select from ANY KEY a number of the following scales and arpeggios, which should all be played ascending
    descending, and from memory. In addition, candidates should be familiar with those required for previous grades.
    • 1 octave Pentatonic Minor scale in 5 different fingerboard positions.
    • 1 octave Blues scale in 5 different fingerboard positions
    • 1 octave Major scale in 3 different fingerboard positions.
    • 2 octave Pentatonic Major scale in 3 different fingerboard positions.
    • 2 octave Harmonic Minor scale.
    • 1 octave Pentatonic Minor scale in 5ths.
    • All Minor 7th, Major 7th, Dominant 7th, Suspended 4th, Major 6th, Minor 6th 1 octave arpeggios in 2 different fingerboard po
    • All Major 6ths.
    • All Minor 6ths.
    • All Sus 4ths.
    • All chords listed in previous grades.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above and those listed in prev
    Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be e
    • Alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Methods of achieving fluency and clarity in playing.
    • Intervals and notes on the fingerboard.
    • Use of scales and arpeggios.
    • Tone production.
    • Anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate to the grade such a
    specialist techniques.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Recognition of time signature and beating of pulse.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chord types.

    Grade 6

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate in any key any of the following scales and arpeggios as selected by the examiner. A
    played ascending and descending from memory, with a level of fluency and speed appropriate to the grade. In addition, candid
    be familiar with those required for previous grades.
    • Natural Minor scale - 1 octave in 5 different fingerboard positions.
    • Major scale - 1 octave in 5 different fingerboard positions.
    • Dorian modal scale and Mixolydian modal scale - 2 octaves.
    • Chromatic scale - 2 octaves.
    • In 8ths: Major scale and Pentatonic Minor scale - 1 octave.
    • In 3rds: Major scale - 1 octave.
    • 1 octave arpeggios - Augmented 5th, Diminished 7th, Minor 9th, Dominant 9th, Major 9th - which should be known in two di
    fingerboard positions.
    • Accuracy, evenness and distinctness will be rewarded in particular.
    • All Major 9ths, Minor 9ths and Dominant 9ths.
    • All Diminished 7ths and Augmented 5th chords.
    • All chords listed in previous grades.

    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section 2 above.
    • Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be left to
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play - a performance in a different style would be expected.
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above. The candidate will be required to impro this, demonstrating the practical application of scales and arpeggios from section 1 above.
    • As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Achieving clarity and fluency.
    • Intervals and notes on the fingerboard.
    • Application of scales and arpeggios, and application of extended chords.
    • Tone production.
    • Anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrumentappropriate to the grade.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Recognition of time signature and beating of pulse.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chord type.
    • Slide/Bottleneck playing.
    • R/H finger-tapping.
    • Solo fingerstyle.
    • Sight-reading from standard notation or from tablature.

    Grade 7

    Candidates should be able to demonstrate in any key (except where indicated) any of the following scales and arpeggios as se
    the examiner. All should be played ascending and descending from memory, with a level of fluency and speed appropriate to t
    addition, candidates should be familiar with those required for previous grades.
    • 1 octave Pentatonic Major scale in 5 different fingerboard positions.
    • 2 octave Dorian modal scale and Mixolydian modal scale, both in 2 different fingerboard positions.
    • 2 octave Phrygian modal scale and Lydian modal scale.
    • In 8ths: 1 octave Natural Minor scale.
    • 2 octave Whole-tone scale.
    • 3 octave Pentatonic Minor scales and Blues scales of F to C inclusive.
    • 1 octave Minor 7th and Dominant 7th arpeggios including # or b 5ths and/or # or b 9ths.
    • Accuracy, evenness and distinctness will be rewarded in particular.
    • Candidates should be able to play the following chords from memory:
    • All Major and Minor chords using "non-root" or altered bass notes.
    • All Minor 7th and Dominant 7th chords using altered 5ths and/or altered 9ths.
    • All chords listed in previous grades.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from section above.
    • Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be left to
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be e
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above, which may include a change of key. This will be required to improvise over this, demonstrating the practical applications of scales and arpeggios from section 1
    • As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • Marks will be awarded for inventiveness, stylistic interpretation, phrasing and melodic shaping, fluency and accuracy, clarity
    production, appropriate application of specialist techniques (including string bending, vibrato, slurring etc).
    • Candidates may be asked questions about:
    • Achieving clarity and fluency.
    • Intervals and notes on the fingerboard.
    • Application of scales and arpeggios, and application of altered chords.
    • Chord relationships.
    • Tone production.
    • Anatomy and mechanism of the instrument, and other general knowledge of the instrument appropriate to the grade.
    • Candidates aural abilities will be assessed via tests appropriate to the grade which may include some of the following:
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.

    Recognition of time signature and beating of pulse.
    Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    Harmony tests, including recognition of cadences.
    Slide/Bottleneck playing.
    R/H finger-tapping.
    Solo fingerstyle.
    Sight-reading from standard notation or from tablature.

    Grade 8
    Candidates should be able to demonstrate in any key (except where indicated) any of the following scales and arpeggios as se
    examiner. All should be played ascending and descending from memory, with a level of fluency and speed appropriate to the g
    • 3 octave Chromatic scale F to C inclusive.
    • 1 octave Dorian modal scale and Mixolydian modal scale, in 3 different fingerboard positions.
    • 1 octave Phrygian modal scale and Lydian modal scale, in 2 different fingerboard positions.
    • 3 octave Major scales of F# to C inclusive.
    • 3 octave Natural Minor scales of F to C inclusive.
    • 2 octave Locrian modal scale.
    • 1 octave Dominant 11th and Dominant 13th arpeggios.
    • All scales and arpeggios listed in previous grades.
    • All Dominant 11th and Dominant 13th chords in 2 different fingerboard positions.
    • All Major chords and Dominant 7th chords in 5 different fingerboard positions.
    • All chords listed in previous grades.
    • Candidates will be given a chord sequence to play containing chords selected from above.
    • Time signature, tempo, dynamics and other indications may be marked, however the style of the performance will be left to
    candidates initiative.
    • Candidates may be given an additional chord sequence to play (as 3a above) - a performance in a different style would be e
    • The examiner will play a chord sequence similar to that presented in section 3 above, which may include key modulation. This will be required to improvise over this, demonstrating the practical applications of section 1 above.
    • As 4a above, but with an alternative sequence in a different style.
    • The practical applications of the scales, chords, techniques etc. used in sections 3 and 4 above.
    • Intervals, chord formation and chord relationships, modulation and transposition.
    • General knowledge of the instrument and its techniques.
    • Repetition of rhythms.
    • Repetition of phrases.
    • Recognition of time signature and beating of pulse.
    • Pitch tests, including recognition of intervals.
    • Harmony tests, including recognition of chords and cadences.
    • Candidates should select and demonstrate one of the following topics, and should be prepared to answer questions about t
    involved.
    • Slide/Bottleneck playing.
    • R/H finger-tapping.
    • Solo fingerstyle.
    • Sight-reading from standard notation or from tablature.
    Kevin Minney offers all types of guitar grades. From electric to acoustics to classic and the bass.

    Guitar grades are a great way of Learning guitar the right way. Call guitar lessons Brighton on 07929102261

"Guitar grades are worth it, Being a great guitarist is about knowing your fretboard. I have been playing around brighton for 10 years not knowing more than 2 scales, I went to kevin he taught me the grades, Now i am playing all around the UK - Adam jones - Brighton/Hove