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By Rhys Lett

Grade 2 ANZCA Guitar Exam

Here are the skills that are required to be performed in the Grade 2 ANZCA guitar exam. students need to perform Technical work from memory.

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Technical Work – Grade 2 – 20 marks

ScalesD major one octave, F / G / A major two octaves, D harmonic minor one octave, A harmonic minor two octaves in alternate or double picking.

Chords – C, G, D, A, E, F, G7, D7, E7, A7, Am, Dm and Em. To learn these chords watch our tutorial videos below.

Arpeggios – F / G / D / A major, A / D minor in alternate picking.

Turnaround Progression – three strum patterns to learn.

Songs – Grade 2 – 18 marks each

List A – Malaguena.

List B – Long Long Ago.

List C – Running Around.

Sight Reading – Grade 2 – 10 marks

Students will perform a unseen piece eight bars in length, 4/4 or ¾ time, key of C or G major or A minor.

General Knowledge – Grade 2 – 8 marks

  • Knowledge of all notes, rests and markings seen in the songs played.
  • Function of a dot after the note.
  • Name of composer of tune if indicated.
  • Full description of time signatures.
  • Naming the key of each piece.
  • Knowledge of the names of the open strings lowest to highest.
  • Knowing of the country of origin of song.
  • An understanding of type of guitar you are playing e.g.. solid body electric guitar.

Aural Test – Grade 2 – 8 marks

  1. Clap a 4 bar rhythm pattern in 4/4 or 6/8 time. Note values of semibreve, minim, dotted minim, crotchet and quaver.
  2. Examiner plays a 4 bar passage, student claps the rhythm in 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4.
  3. Student states the interval of minor 3rd, major 3rd, perfect 5th, major 7th or octave.
  4. Student states whether two bar melody starts and ends on tonic or dominant played by examiner.