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hi,
I am doing rockschool grades and i would like some exercises and techniques for the grades below:
Grade 1

These should be played at 80 beats per minute (bpm) in a straight feel: quarter notes.
Group A Scales 1 octave

• C major scale
• A natural minor scale
• E & A minor pentatonic scales
Group B Chords:
• Power chords: B5, A5, G5 Two note chords to be played as a continuous sequence
• Major chords: A, D & E
• Minor chords: Am, Dm & Em
Group C Riff. The riff is played over a four bar backing track. The initial riff pattern is given and
candidates are asked to complete the riff by playing the same pattern over a different chord in the
subsequent three bars.

Grade 2

These should be played at 100 bpm in a straight feel: quarter notes
Group A Scales 1 octave

• C & G major scales
• E & A natural minor scale
• C & G minor pentatonic scales
Group B Chords:
• Power chords: B5, A5, G5 Three note chords to be played as a continuous sequence
• Major chords: C, F & G
• Minor chords: Am7, Dm7 & Em7
Group C Riff. The riff is played over an eight bar backing track. The initial riff pattern is given
(two bars) and candidates are asked to complete the riff by moving the same pattern on to the
indicated root of a different chord over the subsequent bars.

Grade 3

These should be played at 60 bpm in a straight feel: eighth notes
Group A Scales 2 octaves to be prepared in the keys of G, A and B

• Major scales
• Natural minor scale
• Minor pentatonic scales
• Blues Scales
Group B Arpeggios 2 octaves to be prepared in the keys of G, A and B
• Major arpeggios
• Minor arpeggios
Group C Chords:
• Barre chords: G, Am, Bm to be played as a continuous sequence
• Dominant 7 chords: A7, C7, D7 & E7 to be prepared in open position or in barre chord form
Group D Riff. The riff is played over an eight bar backing track. The initial riff pattern is given

(two bars) and candidates are asked to complete the riff by moving the same pattern on to the
indicated root of a different chord over the subsequent bars.
Thanks for reading. Please help