Guitar Syllabus

Please review the summary listing below which show various basic understanding on the guitar for expected topics up to Grade 3.

Grade 1

General Understanding 

  • Name and Understand Parts of the guitar (head, neck, body, fretboard etc)
  • Learn the names of the open strings (E,A,D,G,B,E)
  • Learn what an Upstroke and Downstroke is
  • Learn how to hold a pick
  • Learn about RH Finger placement
  • A natural minor (one octave) (70 bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • G major pentatonic (one octave) (70 bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • Can play a basic looping riff to a song continuously with minimal stops or mistakes
  • Play a basic bassline to a song
  • Learn names for LH Fingers (Index, Middle, Ring, Pinky) (1,2,3,4)
  • Name Notes (Low E string)
  • Name Notes (A String) 
  • Understand how TAB works
  • Play a one string A Major Scale (A String)
  • C major (one octave) (70 bpm)
  • E minor pentatonic (one octave) (70 bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • A minor pentatonic (one octave) (70 bpm) (Quarter notes
  • Be able to sing back a basic melodic phrase played by you / the examiner
  • Can clap to simple 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures
  • Understand what BPM is
  • Understand difference between 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 notes.
  • Understand what dynamics are
  • Play a one string E Major Scale (On Low E String) 
  • Power Chords: B5, A5, D5 (70 Bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • Learn Basic Chord Shapes (C, D, G, A)
  • Learn Basic Chord Shapes (Dm, Am, Em)
  • Be able to find one note when played by teacher

Grade 2

General Understanding

  • Can clap to simple 6/8 and 12/8 time signatures
  • Name notes (D string)
  • Name notes (G string)
  • Can sightread basic TAB melody with basic rhythms 
  • Learn basic intervals (5th, octave, 2nd,)
  • Play a slide
  • Play a Hammer on/Pull off
  • Play 1/2 Bend
  • Play a note using vibrato
  • Play an arpeggiated open chord
  • Play a looping riff (with 2 notes a once) for a whole song with minimal stops or mistakes
  • Learn and play these scales: (one octave) (80 bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • C major 
  • G major
  • E natural minor
  • A natural minor 
  • G minor pentatonic
  • G major pentatonic 
  • C minor pentatonic 
  • C major pentatonic
  • Power Chords: E5, G5, A5, C5 (at 70bpm, quarter notes)
  • Open chords: F, Fm, B, Bm
  • Learn Open 7th Chords: Major 7: A maj7, C maj7, D maj7
  • Learn Open 7th chords Minor 7: A min7, D min7, E min7
  • Play back a simple interval (5th, Octave, 2nd etc) when played by teacher
  • Play back a 4 note melody when played by teacher
  • Understand Difference in quality between major and minor chord
  • Strum chords once per bar for a whole song

Grade 3

General Understanding

  • Name notes (B string)
  • Name notes (e string)
  • Learn and play basic intervals (minor 2nd, Major 2nd, minor 3rd, Major 3rd)
  • Understand that chords are made of 3 or more notes
  • Learn that notes repeat themselves across strings (eg note E)
  • Begin basic strumming patterns: (D D DU D)
  • Play a full bend
  • Play these scales starting on G, A & B: (2 octaves) (90 bpm) (Quarter notes)
  • Major
  • Natural minor
  • Minor pentatonic
  • Major pentatonic
  • Blues
  • Play Major Arpeggios starting from G, A & B
  • Play Minor Arpeggio starting from G,A & B
  • Learn and play Partial Barre Chord: Major & minor: G, Am, Bm, C
  • Learn and play Open Dominant 7 Chords: A7, E7, D7
  • Learn and play 3 note Dominant 7th Chords G7, C7
  • Make a riff/melody using a slide, hammer on/pull off and vibrato
  • Play back a simple 2 bar melody 
  • Recognise and identify open chords when played by teacher
  • Play basic strumming patterns to a song continuously
  • Change chords 2 times per bar

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