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Preparing for a graded exam

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Benn Hammon | Uncategorized

Preparing for a Graded Exam



Here are a few tips for anyone who is preparing for a graded exam.


  1. Make sure you have read through the whole book so you know what you’re up against. As well as performing the songs, there are lots of technique exercises and listening tests that might catch you out if you are not properly prepared.


  1. Make sure you are listening to the songs on a regular basis. You will learn much faster if you do this. Listen to the graded versions and listen to the original versions so you really understand what the song is supposed to sound like. I also recommend listening to similar songs to the ones you are learning particularly songs by the same guitarists.  


  1. Have a practice schedule. This could be anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours a day depending on what your goals are. Make sure you include a bit of everything in your


  1. Know why you’re practicing. If your only goal is to get a certificate with your name on it then it’s highly unlikely that you’ll learn the exam material properly. The students who get the highest grades are constantly looking forward to picking up their guitars weather they have an exam coming up or not. This is because they have a clear picture in their head of how they want to sound when they are playing their guitar.