Trinity Guitar Exams 2020-2023 – Grade 1

Trinity College LogoPlease use the links below to find the titles recommended in the Trinity College Exam Syllabus:

Trinity Sight Reading Pieces Initial to Grade 5 (Trinity) TCL 015082

Trinity Aural Test Books Grades 1 to 5

Trinity Theory of Music Workbook Grade 1

Technical Work
Candidates prepare section 1 and either section 2 or section 3.

All requirements are in Trinity’s Guitar Scales, Arpeggios & Studies from 2016: Initial – Grade 5. (Trinity) TCL 015082

1. Technical Exercise (music may be used)
Technical exercise in c major (q = 80)

2. Scales & arpeggios
3. Studies (music may be used) — candidates prepare 1a or 1b, 2a or 2b, and 3a or 3b (three studies in total). Candidates choose one study to play first. Examiners then select one of the remaining two prepared studies to be performed.

1a Paper Tiger or 1b Highland Memories[for tone and phrasing]
2a Scary Monsters or 2b Rock Bottom [for articulation]
3a Poisson Rouge or 3b Firefly Sky [for idiomatic elements]


Candidates perform a balanced programme of three pieces, chosen from the list below. A maximum of two duets (marked ?) may be played. An own composition may be played instead of one listed piece.

Pieces marked ? can be found in Trinity’s graded exam book Classical Guitar Exam Pieces 2020–2023: Grade 1 (Trinity) TCL019288

1. Carulli arr. Cracknell, Waltz in G ? ?
2. Cracknell, Oasis ?
3. Fogel, Pirate’s Delight ?
4. Handel adpt. Mason arr. Longworth & Walker, Joy to the World ?
5. Kenyon, Lil’ Bit Blue, ABC Guitar (Jacaranda) JM02 ? ?
6. Lindsey-Clark, Cachucha, Raise the Bar Guitar: Initial – Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL016553
7. Longworth & Walker, Havana Good Time, Guitar Basics Repertoire (Faber) 0571536875
8. Marquez, Lágrimas de las ondas ? ?
9. Mourat, Chanson d’Antan, Facilissimo (Transatlantiques) EMT1676
10. Nuttall, Rocky Road, On the Way (Countryside)
11. Powlesland, It’s Just a Matter of Time, Raise the Bar Guitar: Initial – Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL016553
12. Powlesland, The Forest Wakes ?
13. Rak, Chansonnette ?
14. Richter, Spider?
15. Roberts, The Grand Entrance, New Beginnings (Trinity) TCL019134
16. Ryan, Snake in a Basket, Scenes for Guitar book 1 (Camden) CM260
17. Sanderson, Lotus Flower ?
18. Schubert arr. Hegel, Die Forelle (The Trout) ?
19. Schumann arr. Powlesland, Melodie (from Album for the Young, op. 68) ? ?
20. Trad. Arr. Hvartchilkov, Carnival of Venice, The Golden Collection (Hvartchilkov)
21. Trad. Arr. Hvartchilkov, Romance de amor ?
22. Tromp, Metamorphosis ?
23. Wanders, Chicago Blues, Go for Guitar! vol. 1 (Broekmans) BP1646

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