The RGT rock guitar exam series starts at Initial Stage, for novice guitarists, and then progresses to Preliminary Grade – which is designed to prepare students for the more technically challenging higher grade exams.
The Preliminary Grade exam pieces all include a maximum of six open position chords (Am, Em, A5, D5, E5, G, C, D) and any riffs or melodies within the pieces are based on one of the following one octave open-position scales: A pentatonic minor, E blues or G major.
To take the Preliminary Grade exam you need to play three pieces from the six provided in the RGT exam handbook, one of these pieces could be ‘Boom at Noon,’ which you can hear below.
You can also click here to purchase the RGT Preliminary Grade Rock Exam book, which contains the full music to ‘Boom at Noon,’ as well as all of the other musical requirements for this exam.
To view more articles in this series, please visit the “RGT Rock Guitar Video Lessons Archive.”
Boom at Noon Practice Tips
To help get you started with learning this song, here is a bit of advice on how to navigate ‘Boom at Noon.’
“The main riff in this piece is based on the descending A pentatonic minor scale. The backing track features a harmony guitar playing the riff in the same timing but with different pitches. This riff is interspersed with some rhythm playing using A5, D5 and E5 power chords and G major. All the power chords can be played using just one fretting finger.”
RGT Boom at Noon Lesson – Audio
As well as viewing the video lesson below, here are two audio tracks that you can jam along to as you work with ‘Boom at Noon’ further in the practice room and teaching studio.
It would be a good idea to practice with the audio track for ‘Boom at Noon’ first, so that you learn to play along in time with the recorded guitar track.
Once you can play along to the recorded guitar track, a beneficial practice goal would be to play along with the backing track for ‘Boom at Noon’ only, in order to play the song without the help of the guide guitar track.
Here are both of those audio tracks for ‘Boom at Noon’ to check out.
RGT Boom at Noon Lesson – Video
Video presented by Chris Bird, Music Editor of Total Guitar Magazine
RGT Rock Guitar Preliminary Books
To find out more about the ‘Boom at Noon,’ and the RGT Rock Preliminary Exam, please download the RGT Rock Guitar Exam Information Booklet.
You can also check out the Rock Guitar Preliminary Exam Book, which comes with a CD and contains notation and recordings of all the exam pieces, as well as diagrams for all of the chords and scales that the pieces are based on.
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