Trinity Guitar Exams 2020-2023 – Grade 3

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 3

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 G major (q.= 56)

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 It Could be Sweet or 1b The Tone Zone [for tone and phrasing]
2a Sunflower or 2b Finger Pickin’ Good [for articulation]
3a On Brooklyn Bridge or 3b Half Way There [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 3 (Trinity) TCL019301

1. Anderson, Barcaruola, Guitar Travels (Anderson) AGP505
2. Attaignant, French Dance (Tourdion) ?
3. J S Bach arr. Wright, Gavotte, The Baroque Book (Chanterelle) ECH2111
4. Brouwer, Étude no. 5, Études simples vol. 1 (Eschig) ME00799700
5. Carcassi, Allegretto in D major ?
6. Carlevaro, Estudio primario no. 1, Modern Times (Chanterelle) ECH0750
7. Carulli, Valse (no. 21 from École de guitare op. 241) ?
8. Cottam, Grasshopper Guiro ?
9. Fogel, Marshmallow Cocoa ?
10. Giuliani, Andantino (from Le papillon op. 50) ?
11. Grieg arr. Powlesland, Album Leaf ? ?
12. Kirschbaum, Choral, Melodie und Gegriffener Bass vol. 2 (Hubertus Nogatz) KN1016
13. Koshkin, The Paper Dragon, Mascarades vol. 1 (Lemoine) HL24886
14. Machado, Marchinha de carnaval, Modinha Brasileira (Lemoine) HL24821
15. Mertz, Adagio, Raise the Bar Guitar: Grades 3–5 (Trinity) TCL016560
16. Nuttall, On the Prairie, Moving On (Countryside)
17. Ourkouzounov, Cinq-huit, Mise en scène (Lemoine) HL26826
18. Ponce, Allegretto con moto no. 5, Seis preludios cortos (Peermusic) PM1472
19. Powlesland, Funky Juan ?
20. Ryan, Russian Bear, Raise the Bar Guitar: Grades 3–5 (Trinity) TCL016560
21. Ryan, The Firth of Lorn ?
22. Smith, Lost Horizons, Atmospheres & Adventures (Trinity) TCL019127
23. Sor, Study in C (no. 6 from Introduction à l’étude de la guitare op. 60) ?
24. Stachak, Kurpie Étude ?
25. Trad. Arr. Gerrits, Scarborough Fair, Learn & Conquer Guitar Repertoire with Xuefei Yang beginner book 1 (Doberman) DO962
26. Trad. Arr. Rivoal, Chorinho ? ?
27. Trad. Arr. Sanderson, The Coasts of High Barbary ? ?
28. Wanders, Salsa, Guitarra tirando (Broekmans) BP1714
29. Zenamon, Escalando, Modern Times (Chanterelle) ECH0750

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