#2
Kindergarten.


Are you asking us to rate the difficulty? It doesn't matter - if its above your skill level, consider it a learning exercise.
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I might perform it for a recital and it would need to be at least grade 5 on guitar
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If you're doing recitals you have a teacher, right? If so ask them, you pay them for their time so use it.
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Probably not

If you want to know what's going to be suitable for a recital ask the person who'll be grading you.
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Yeah well I dnt, so can anyone else answer my question please?


How about this: look at the song and look at what skills and knowledge it takes to play. See if those measure up to what's required to pass the exam.

If you can't identify those things in someone else's work how do you know if you're ready to take the grade or not? I thought half the point of taking the grades in the first place was to be able to keep a good inventory of what you can and can't do and what you need to improve...
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Id like to be able to ask but I dnt have any contact information for my examiners, I was just wondering if anyone had a rough idea of what grade it was, I have no idea because Ive never done grades, but the criteria for the recital is grade 5-6.
#9
I heard that MAB's No Boundaries was Grade 5...
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literally, it dosent have to be exactly grade 6, just around 5/6. If its close to that standard of playing, then it would be fine, if anyone has done grades, then it would be reallllllyyy helpful if to know roughly what grade it would be, based on your experiance of learning graded pieces.
#12
Are you planning on playing the song as it sounds on the record or are you planning on skippings all the fills and playing just the chords?
#13
What type of qualification?

Since you're in the UK, if it's rockschool then it'll probably be grade 4-5ish... Like people have said, your best bet is to ask whoever's organising the performance.
#14
I have the exact tab for it and would play it with all the fills as on the recording, if that helps. Its for a music performance btec course, Im taking my a-level recital in march, which I think is more strict, but I'll probably play piano for that.
#15
According to the RGT rock guitar syllabus, the following tunes are grade 5/6. Compare and decide. I'd say Hey Joe is a bit easier than these.

Level 5
• The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy
• Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
• Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
• Always With Me, Always With You – Joe Satriani

Level 6
• Albatross by Fleetwood Mac (from In Session With Peter Green)
• Parisienne Walkways by Gary Moore (from Play Guitar With…The Greatest Guitar Solos
of All Time)
• Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne (from Guitar Play-Along Vol. 3: Hard Rock)
• You Really Got Me by Van Halen (from Jam With Van Halen)
• Toxicity by System of a Down (from Guitar Play-Along Vol 50: 2000s Metal)
• Justin by Korn (from In Session With Korn)
#16
That's messed up

I'm pretty sure there's nothing in Albatross that's as tricky the fast bits in Sweet Child or Always With Me
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It's been about 6 years since I did graded exams and closer to 10 since I did grade 5 so memory of whats required will be pretty poor.

I don't think "Hey Joe" could be considered a grade 5 piece but there's a few things you can do to bring it closer.

Firstly, I wouldn't play it note for note from a tab book. All that demonstrates is an ability to read tab and memorize when and where to put your fingers. This is showcasing absolutely nothing of importance. Improvisation is a big part of graded exams and should demonstrates a working knowledge of chord tones, scales, scale positions, arpeggios and anything else that matches the grade 5 criteria (cannot remember the criteria off the top of my head but guessing major/minor scales, pentatonic and major 7th/dominant 7th/minor 7th arpeggios).

Analyze the song, what techniques are used in the song? Count anything from vibrato and string bend to 8 finger tapping/sweep arpeggios, etc. Is there enough to fill the criteria? Feel free to add anything to make it closer to what grade 5 asks of you.

Also ask yourself what else there is in the song that requires even the slightest bit of a learning curve? There's two barre chord shapes and an E7#9 chord. Look at the E7#9 chord is there any way you can highlight the chord rather than the main riff over it for the odd occasion (i.e in your improvised solo)?

Finally, remember dynamics!!!

Analyze everything and always look to demonstrate something you should have learned by now

Edit: quick google and I found the requirements http://www.rockschool.co.uk/qualifications/gradedmusicexams/additionalinformation/resources/freechoicepieces/guitar/gradefive.aspx
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