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02 – Preliminary Stage for Acoustic Guitar

On March 11, 2014

RGT Acoustic Guitar – Preliminary Stage – Lesson

Today, in this post, we will be taking a look at what you need to learn to pass your preliminary grade acoustic guitar exam. Once you have completed the preliminary grade, you will be ready to start taking grades 1-8.

To complete your initial stage acoustic guitar exam, you will need to know the following material:

1. Fingerboard Knowledge

Chords Required

  • C Major chord
  • G Major chord
  • D Major chord
  • Em chord
  • Am chord
  • Dm chord

Scales Required

  • C Major scale – ascending & descending
  • G Major scale – ascending & descending

 

 2. Performance

  • One Rhythm Playing Study, chosen from the three Rhythm Playing Studies contained in the examination handbook.
  • Two melodies from this list:
    • When The Saints Go Marching In
    • On Top Of Old Smokie
    • Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
    • Kumbaya

If preferred, one melody can be a ‘free choice’ by the candidate of any other well-known melody from 1960 onwards – providing it is of at least similar technical standard and duration to the melodies within the examination handbook. (Candidates should bring copies of the notation of any free choice melodies to the examination for the examiner to view.) Melodies can be played with a pick or using fingers, as preferred by the candidate.

 

 Fingerboard Knowledge

 E minor Chord

05 - Em Chord 05 - Em Photo

 

 A minor Chord

10 - Am - Chord 10 - Am - Photo

 

D minor Chord

DmDm Photo

x`C Major Chord

01 - C - Chord01 - C - Photo

D Major Chord

D Chord D Chord photo

 G Major Chord

08 - G - Chord 08 - G - Photo

Unlike this picture, try to make sure your fingers are close to the frets for a better sound.

 

Scales

C Major Scale
C Major Scale - 1 octave

G Major Scale
G Major Scale - 1 octave

Rhythm Section

D D D D strumming pattern

 

Performance

When the Saints Go Marching In

On Top Of Old Smokey

Michael Row The Boat Ashore

Kumbaya

How Chords Are Constructed

On March 11, 2014

Chord ChartA chord is produced when three or more different notes are played together at the same time.

Different combinations of notes produce different sounding chords and all chords will have a name.

A chord can be built from any combination of notes, although some will sound much better than others.

The note on which a chord is built and from which the chord takes its name is called the root note.

For example, ‘C’ is the root note of the ‘C Major’ chord. ‘E’ is the root note of the ‘E7′ chord’. F would be the root note of an ‘F# minor’ or ‘F#m’ chord

Here are instructions for how to work out and form a chord:

1) Find the major scale of the root note (7 notes in total).

Let’s use an easy scale to start with, lets’s take the C Major scale:
C D E F G A B

2) Extend the scale so it goes up two octaves.

C D E F G A B C D E F G A B

3) Number each note 1-14

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
C D E F G A B C D E  F  G  A  B

Chord Formula4) Choose the formula for the chord you want:

Let’s make a C-Major chord, look at the list.
The formula for a major chord is 1 : 3 : 5

This means that we need the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the ‘C’ Major scale.

5)Find the notes from the scale

Use step three to help you

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
C D E F G A B C D E  F  G  A  B

Looking at step 3, the 1 : 3 : 5 notes of a ‘C’ Major scale are C : E : G.
This means that a C-Major chord is made up of the notes C : E : G, in any order (but normally starting with the root note, C)

Let’s do another example:

The formula for a minor chord is 1: b3 : 5 (the ‘b’ in b3 means flattened. That means a ‘b3’ is called a flattened third)

To build a ‘C’ minor chord you need the 1st, b3 and 5th notes of the ‘C’ major scale.

So, the notes of a ‘C’ minor chord are C : Eb : G (notice how we have taken an ‘E’ note and added a ‘b’ to it? We have made ‘E’

01 – Initial Stage for Acoustic Guitar

On March 7, 2014

RGT Acoustic Guitar – Initial Stage – Lesson

For many people, learning a musical instrument has a certain stigma attached to it, a certain level of animosity, because it generally means you are going to have to read music. More specifically; read sheet music. For many people the shear sight of sheet music, with its quavers and semi-quavers and wotsits, can fill them with dread. I am one of these people. here

You will be pleased to know that you can learn the guitar comfortably, to an excellent standard, even completing internationally recognised qualifications, without needing to read traditional sheet music. In this series of articles, I will present the information I will teach you in order to get these qualifications, should you choose to go down this road.

To complete your initial stage acoustic guitar exam, you will need to know the following material:

1. Fingerboard Knowledge

Chords Required

  • C Major chord
  • G Major chord
  • Am chord
  • Em chord

Scales Required

  • C Major scale
  • G Major scale

 

 2. Performance

  • One Rhythm Playing Study, chosen from the three Rhythm Playing Studies contained in the examination handbook.
  • Two melodies from this list:
    • When The Saints Go Marching In
    • On Top Of Old Smokie
    • Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
    • Kumbaya

If preferred, one melody can be a ‘free choice’ by the candidate of any other well-known melody from 1960 onwards – providing it is of at least similar technical standard and duration to the melodies within the examination handbook. (Candidates should bring copies of the notation of any free choice melodies to the examination for the examiner to view.) Melodies can be played with a pick or using fingers, as preferred by the candidate.

 

 Fingerboard Knowledge

 E minor Chord

05 - Em Chord 05 - Em Photo

 

 A minor Chord

10 - Am - Chord 10 - Am - Photo

 

C Major Chord

01 - C - Chord 01 - C - Photo

 

 G Major Chord

08 - G - Chord 08 - G - Photo

Unlike this picture, try to make sure your fingers are close to the frets for a better sound.

 

Scales

C Major Scale
C Major Scale - 1 octave

G Major Scale
G Major Scale - 1 octave

Rhythm Section

To score well in the rhythm section, you should be familiar with all four of your chords and be comfortable quickly changing between any combination of two chords. You will play each chord for one bar or 4 beats (play each chord to the count of 1 2 3 4, then change the chord and play the same strumming pattern for another four more beats, counting while you play it, then change again and so on)

Familiarise yourself with these patterns
1) D D D D strumming pattern on the beat of 1,2,3,4

2) D D D _ strumming pattern on the beat of 1,2,3 (4 is a pause)

3) D _ D D strumming pattern on the beats of 1,3,4 (2 is a pause)

 

Performance

In this section, you should be aiming for an accurate reproduction of the pitch and rhythm of the melody including fluency and smoothness of playing and note changing. You must try to keep an even tempo throughout the song. Ensure you play all notes cleanly and without buzzing, with minimal delay in your changing of notes.
Each song is repeated twice.

When the Saints Go Marching In

On Top Of Old Smokey

Michael Row The Boat Ashore

Kumbaya

Passenger – Let Her Go

On March 1, 2014

A very popular song from recent times and the song only uses a few chords

STANDARD TUNING version

[Intro]
C D Em D (3x)
C D Em

[Long intro]
C G
Well you only need the light when its burning low
D Em
Only miss the sun when its starts to snow
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you let her go
C G
Only know you’ve been high when youre feeling low
D Em
Only hate the road when youre missin home
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when youve let her go

And you let her go

[Song start-up]
Em C D Bm
Em C D(sus4)

[Verse 1]
Em C
Staring at the bottom of your glass
D Bm
Hoping one day you will make a dream last
Em C D(sus4)
The dreams come slow and goes so fast
Em C
You see her when you close your eyes
D Bm
Maybe one day you will understand why
Em C D(sus4)
Everything you touch all it dies

[Chorus]
C G
But you only need the light when its burning low
D Em
Only miss the sun when its starts to snow
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when youve let her go
C G
Only know youve been high when youre feeling low
D Em
Only hate the road when youre missin home
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when youve let her go

[Verse 2]
Em C
Staring at the ceiling in the dark
D Bm
Same ol empty feeling in your heart
Em C D(sus4)
Love comes slow and it goes so fast
Em C
Well you see her when you fall asleep
D Bm
But to never to touch and never to keep
Em
Because you loved her too much
C D(sus4)
And you dive too deep

[Chorus]
C G
But you only need the light when its burning low
D Em
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when youve let her go
C G
Only know youve been high when youre feeling low
D Em
Only hate the road when youre missin home
C G D(sus4)
Only know your love her when youve let her go
Em
And you let her go
C D
Ooooo ooooo oooooo
Em
And you let her go
C D
Ooooooo ooooo ooooo
Em
And you let her go

C D
Em C D

[Chorus]
C G
Cause you only need the light when its burning low
D Em
Only miss the sun when its starts to snow
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when you’ve let her go
C G
Only know youve been high when youre feeling low
D Em
Only hate the road when youre missin home
C G D(sus4)
Only know you love her when youve let her go

[Chorus]
C G
Cause you only need the light when its burning low
D Em
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
C G D (gentle stroke)
Only know you love her when youve let her go

[Guitar fading out]

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

On March 1, 2014

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Guitar Chords

Who doesn’t know this song?

A
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog

Cryin’ all the time
D
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
A
Cryin’ all the time
E
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
D A
And you ain’t no friend of mine

A
When they said you was high classed

Well, that was just a lie
D
When they said you was high classed,
A
Well, that was just a lie
E
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
D A
And you ain’t no friend of mine

there you go! :)

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