#1
>Hello 

I am wanting to cover Rush - Cygnus X-1, wondering if anyone knows what that would get me in GCSE music performance grade (year 11). 
If not i am open to any ideas for songs to cover for it.

#2
I would probably deny you cause Rush is annoying AF.
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#4
The song needs to be either 5 minutes long, or play two songs playing up to atleast 5 minutes, please share your opinions on what other songs i could play ; )
#5



Play this
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The song needs to be either 5 minutes long, or play two songs playing up to atleast 5 minutes, please share your opinions on what other songs i could play ; )

That means your total playing time should be around 5 minutes. Not over 10.

I mean, this is GCSE level. They're not expecting you to rip out a note perfect version of Black Star(but if you can, go for it).
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While I'm at it i should also learn this ; )



Batio is a cuck.


Only learn it if you have no taste.
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Batio is a cuck.
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>Only learn it if you have no taste.

Or if you have a quad-neck to play it on ambidextrously.
#10
Im not into sweeping and stuff (yes it may be because i cannot pull it off )
Ill probably stick with something along the lines of Thin lizzy, Rush, something like that or maybe Van Halen.
My teacher isn't expecting much out of the current class anyway as around 2/3 of the class are just vocalists  
#11
Obviously they aren't expecting much if Thin Lizzy is good enough.
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#12
Well they are looking for pretty much grade 3 guitar, which at most is a simplified version of pinball wizard or Layla. Should be fine
#14
Play Smoke on the Water.


I hear thats a big hit
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Play Smoke on the Water.
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>I hear thats a big hit

What are you kidding me? way to hard for any mortal man
#16
I still can't play it tbh
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#18
Depends, are you an alcoholic?


Can't play Gary without a fifth of jack and 2 bottles of Reisling,
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#19
If you wanna do a rush song, do YYZ.

However, cuz it's GCSE level, it's probably better to not overextend yourself. Something like this would do:

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If you wanna do a rush song, do YYZ.

However, cuz it's GCSE level, it's probably better to not overextend yourself. Something like this would do:



God please dont do YYZ. It's like the worst Rush song and Tom Sawyer exists.
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#22
Only good rush song as far as I care.
o()o

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God please dont do YYZ. It's like the worst Rush song and Tom Sawyer exists.

I am sensing you aren't much of a fan of Rush
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Only good rush song as far as I care.


That's unfortunate. When did you lose your hearing?


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I am sensing you aren't much of a fan of Rush



I'm Canadian.
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That's unfortunate. When did you lose your hearing?



When I heard who they influenced before I heard them themselves. So now they just sound like old mans songs to me. Not that I dislike them enough that I'll rag on them but they just really don't do anything for me.
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When I heard who they influenced before I heard them themselves. So now they just sound like old mans songs to me. Not that I dislike them enough that I'll rag on them but they just really don't do anything for me.


They are old though and men.


So your approximation would be correct
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They are old though and men.


So your approximation would be correct


Right but that doesn't change anything... c:
o()o

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#28
Hello friend.

At that level I played grade 4 Trinity classical stuff. Nice pieces, fun to play, and easy enough to learn.

Specifically I played:
Glissaccatura - William Baulch
West Coast - Helen Sanderson
Barcola - Napoleon Coste
Ejercicio - Jose Ferrer
#29
Grade 5 is a good guideline, especially on electric guitar. You're better off absolutely nailing something less technically challenging than doing the opposite. 

They don't expect much at GCSE level. I did my composition in a weekend and got full marks for it, you'll be fine dude. Good luck  
#30
They'd look favourably on an odd time signature, try this adapted for guitar

>
It didn't take long to realise
The safest place was not her arms, but her eyes
Where she can't see you
For her gaze, it blisters;
Grey skin to cinders
#31
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Batio is a cuck.


Only learn it if you have no taste.

Like the New Jersey version of Skwisgaar Skwigelf no doubt, troubled family life led to extreme playing.
#32
I didn't do music for GCSE but did for A-levels. I just picked tracks from the Rockschool grade books and played those. For an example for my AS level I played some song from the Grade 6 book + Joe Satriani Midnight, for my A-level I played some song from the Grade 8 book (Metal Mania?) and Joe Satriani "Day at the beach". For both those performances and grades I got maximum marks, and no my playing wasn't near flawless they just dont expect much.

To put into perspective, I also went in to accompany a friend on his GCSE exam who was 2 years younger than myself, he played Killswitch Engage "The End of Heartache" and some other less complex song (and that's not exactly difficult itself) and I know he got an A in his Music. Personally I think pick something and play it well, no need to be overly ambitious.
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#33
Part of graduating is this GCSE?
Man... at my High School in the US, if you could flip a burger they gave you your diploma, vastly different expectation than the International schools I attended overseas.
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Part of graduating is this GCSE?
Man... at my High School in the US, if you could flip a burger they gave you your diploma, vastly different expectation than the International schools I attended overseas.


GSCE is the school period from 14-16 years old with the exams taken at the end of it, at this point you can either decide to move on to college and specialise or you can stay in school and do A-levels in say 3-4 subjects from 16-18, either way can contribute points towards University and depending on the area/University you want to study either one or the other direction can be greatly preferred.

When I was in school it wasn't a requirement to stay in school beyond your GCSE exams, but I dunno how it is these days. Having a GCSE in Maths/English is quite important when it comes to getting a job, even if you have further education so they are definitely important exams.
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