Containing pieces required for the Trinity Guildhall exam. Three pieces to be performed from those listed in this book or from the duets listed for the grade, to form a balanced programme.
There are 9 pieces to choose from in this book (as, I quickly discovered, there are for every grade) with plenty of variety and contrast in musical styles and themes. 4 of the pieces are either traditional or arrangements, with the remaining 5 being contemporary compositions.
The music is not over fingered and the printing and layout are very clear.
Most of the pieces consist of single melodic lines in bass and treble registers, with some simple strummed chords in Cat Burglar and King of the Jungle.
Cactus Sunset has 2 voices, the lower one using only open strings and with no notes together.
The rhythms are straightforward with some tied notes and good use of articulation.
Overall the emphasis is on having fun while playing and learning the guitar.
In Cat Burglar there is a musical instruction, during a rest, to look over your shoulder!!
I particularly like Get Up Get Down which has Groovy as a tempo marking and is very effective in style without being complicated.
The Technical Suite – the alternative option to scales and arpeggios for the exam – includes 4 short exercises based on scale work, string crossing and thumb articulation.
These have imaginative names making this section of the exam much more fun for some, and do not have to be performed from memory.
This alternative is also more accessible now that it is included in the book with the pieces rather than a separate volume.