Being able to play an unaccompanied solo piece is a requirement of the RGT Grade Five acoustic guitar exams.
In the exam you can perform a ‘free choice’ piece (self-composed or otherwise), or one taken from the list of pieces listed on the RGT Acoustic Guitar Exam Page, or you can choose from the selection of pieces provided in the RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade Five Handbook.
In any case, you should study the pieces in the handbook as they provide you with a clear example of the standard of the piece you need to play at Grade Five level.
The notation for the first part of one of the pieces from the RGT Grade Five handbook, ‘The Ten Penny Bit,’ is provided below.
‘The Ten Penny Bit’ is a traditional Celtic tune, and has been arranged here as a ‘flatpicking’ piece – designed to be played with a plectrum.
This arrangement uses a G major key signature, with the tune being based entirely on the A Dorian modal scale (i.e. a mode of G major).
The piece needs to be played at quite a fast tempo in order capture the style, but don’t try and play it too quickly until you’re totally familiar with it or you’ll end up just ‘learning’ any mistakes you make if you rush it at first.
You can also click here to purchase the RGT Grade 5 Acoustic Guitar Exam Book, which contains the full score to ‘Ten Penny Bit,’ as well as all of the other musical requirements for this exam.
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RGT Ten Penny Bit Lesson – Accent Pattern
Here is the tab for the first exercise in the video below, to help get you started with this exercise in the practice room, here is a quick tip to keep in mind when practicing this exercise.
“The 6/8 time signature means that the first and, to a lesser extent, the fourth note of each six in a bar should be accented slightly.”
RGT Ten Penny Bit Lesson – Video
Video presented by Chris Bird, Music Editor of Total Guitar Magazine
RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 Books
To find out more about the ‘Ten Penny Bit,’ and the RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 Exam, please download the RGT Acoustic Guitar Exam Information Booklet.
You can also check out the RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 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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