Parameters for Session Skills Improvising Initial Grade 8 for all instruments

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1 Parameters for Session Skills Improvising Initial for all instruments If you choose Improvising, you will be asked to improvise in a specified style over a backing track that you have not seen or heard before. You will be given a chord chart and have 0 seconds to study it or to try out any sections. The examiner will then play the recorded backing track, which consists of a passage of music played on a loop. You should improvise in the given style over the backing track, which will be played four times through before fading out. A count-in will be given at the beginning of the recording, and a backing rhythm will be played throughout. Guitar and keyboards candidates can choose whether to play a lead melodic line, rhythmic chords, or a combination of the two. In the exam you will have two chances to play along with the track: first time for practice second time for assessment. Page of 6

2 Improvising Parameters Bass Initial Solo break Keys Chords Styles chord per bar D major E minor I, IV and V chords C major G major diatonic chord on any degree of the scale (not diminished or augmented) F major D minor swung quavers B minor G minor th chords Blues E major C minor major th and minor th chords 5 B major F minor sus chords 6 6 up to any key power chords added 6th chords (major and minor) major and minor ths ; time signature up to any common chords any common style including hybrid styles (eg jazz funk, soul, samba) Page of 6

3 Improvising Parameters Drums Solo break Styles Initial chord per bar swung quavers Blues up to ; time signature up to any common style including hybrid styles (eg jazz funk, soul, samba) Page of 6

4 Improvising Parameters Guitar Initial Solo break Keys Chords Styles chord per bar D major A minor I, IV and V chords C major E minor diatonic chord on any degree of the scale (not diminished or augmented) A major D minor swung quavers F major G major th chords Blues E major C minor major th and minor th chords 5 B major F minor sus chords 6 6 up to any key power chords added 6th chords (major and minor) major and minor ths ; time signature up to any common chords any common style including hybrid styles (eg jazz funk, soul, samba) Page of 6

5 Improvising Parameters Keyboards Initial Solo break chord per bar C major Keys Chords Styles Format G major I, IV and V chords notation and chord symbols A minor E minor diatonic chord on any degree of the scale (not diminished or augmented) F major D major D minor chord symbols swung quavers G minor th chords Blues A major C minor major th and minor th chords 5 E major F minor sus chords 6 6 up to any key power chords added 6th chords (major and minor) more varied rate of harmonic change major and minor ths ; time signature up to any common chords any common style including hybrid styles (eg jazz funk, soul, samba) Page 5 of 6

6 Improvising Parameters Vocals Initial Solo break Keys Chords Styles chord per bar any major key I, IV and V chords any major or minor key diatonic chord on any degree of the scale (not diminished or augmented) swung quavers th chords Blues major th and minor th chords 5 sus chords 6 6 up to power chords added 6th chords (major and minor) ; time signature major and minor ths up to any common chords any common style including hybrid styles (eg jazz funk, soul, samba) Page 6 of 6

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