Trinity Guitar Exams 2020-2023 – Initial Grade

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

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 Star gazer or 1b Playground games [for tone and phrasing]
2a Submarine or 2b Stop it! [for articulation]
3a Ice breaker or 3b Cross string thing [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: Initial (Trinity) TCL019271

1. Brun, La tortue, ?
2. Corr, Gypsy Dance, ?
3. Costantino, Luna, The Many Faces of the Guitar vol. 1 (Productions d’Oz) DZ1041 *
4. Cracknell, Inca Dawn, ?
5. Davies, Finnish Folk Song, ?
6. Grieg, Morning, Raise the Bar Guitar: Initial–Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL016553
7. Hartog, La Campanella, ?
8. Intilangelo, Andante in A minor, Guitar Basics Workouts (Faber) 0571536883
9. Lindsey-Clark, Helping Hand, ? ?
10. Longworth & Walker, La Colombina, ?
11. Nuttall, The Bells of Dawn, ? ?
12. Powlesland, Pirates, ?
13. Purcell Arr. Powlesland, Rigadoon, ? ?
14. Sor, arr. Kenyon, Exercise 13 op. 35, ABC Guitar (Jacaranda) JM02–003 ?
15. Trad. Arr. Nuttall, The Rising Sun, ?
16. Trad. Arr. Powlesland, Aura Lee, ?
17. Trad. Arr. Rivoal, Ojos Azules, Chansons et Danses d’Amérique Latine vol. C (Lemoine) HL25163 ?
18. Tromp, First Steps, Raise the Bar Guitar: Initial–Grade 2 (Trinity) TCL016553
19. Wanders, Salsa Party, ?

Pieces marked * may not be available in the UK. Please contact us if you require this piece.

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