ABRSM classical guitar grade 1 is designed to build good musical and technical foundations for higher grades. Candidates are allowed to play up to two duet pieces at this grade accompanied by another guitar. Three pieces should be chosen overall and there should be one piece chosen from each of the three lists: A, B and C.
Fingers only/tirando or apoyando
A minor harmonic
E minor harmonic
Always remember to practice your scales! This is the section that most people leave until the last minute. I will admit that playing the pieces is a lot more fun but the scales are important. Use them as a warm up. Try and play them from memory as soon as you can and play them SLOWLY! Accuracy is the most important thing.
Below is a selection of pieces from each list. Remember that you have to play a piece from each list if you are doing the exam.
Ductia by Anon.
Brandle d’Ecosse by Arbeau
Gavotte (from Atalanta) by Handel
Douce dame jolie by Machaut
Entree arr. L. Mozart
V’la l’bon vent by Trad.
Les Boffins by Trad. French
Leccion by Aguado
Valse (from Op. 52 No. 1) by Sor
Poor Wayfaring Stranger by Trad.
Waltz in G by Carulli
Lecon in C, Op. 60 No. 1 by Sor
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