Recommendations for a grade 7-ish piece for classical guitar (relatively fast)?

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Hi,

As a part of my music A2 I'm in need of another solo piece of grade 7-ish standard (not too hard cos they prefer someone EDIT:something easier played very very well). My other two pieces are lento and largo so I need something to contrast with that. I was doing Asturias but I'm not sure I'm going to get that polished enough for the recording as it needs to be 100% perfect.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
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I certainly do not recommend playing Asturias as it is far above grade 7 standard to be honest.

How about Villa-Lobos's Etude No.1? Although many guitar students do not play it properly I think you can display a lot of coordination between both hands in that piece.

There is also Valse No.3 by Barrios. I wouldn't call "fast" per say, but it is certainly one of the faster valses.

Also, if you are talking fast then El Colibri is worth mentioning. It is far easier than it sounds as long as you pick the right fingering for it.

It would help if you tell me what are the other two pieces. A contrast won't necessarily be in the speed.

Edit: Etude No.7 - Villa-Lobos
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(Original post by kellywellydoodle)
Hi,

As a part of my music A2 I'm in need of another solo piece of grade 7-ish standard (not too hard cos they prefer someone EDIT:something easier played very very well). My other two pieces are lento and largo so I need something to contrast with that. I was doing Asturias but I'm not sure I'm going to get that polished enough for the recording as it needs to be 100% perfect.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance
I was also looking for grade 7 classical guitar pieces for my A2 performance . How about Carcassi Op.60 no. 24 or some Sor? What are the other pieces you are playing?
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I certainly do not recommend playing Asturias as it is far above grade 7 standard to be honest.

How about Villa-Lobos's Etude No.1? Although many guitar students do not play it properly I think you can display a lot of coordination between both hands in that piece.

There is also Valse No.3 by Barrios. I wouldn't call "fast" per say, but it is certainly one of the faster valses.

Also, if you are talking fast then El Colibri is worth mentioning. It is far easier than it sounds as long as you pick the right fingering for it.

It would help if you tell me what are the other two pieces. A contrast won't necessarily be in the speed.

Edit: Etude No.7 - Villa-Lobos
I am grade 8 standard but for A2 its better to not do a harder standard but to absolutely nail it if u get me. I just need it to contrast with the lento Walton piece (grade 8) I am playing (Bagatelle no. 2).
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I was also looking for grade 7 classical guitar pieces for my A2 performance . How about Carcassi Op.60 no. 24 or some Sor? What are the other pieces you are playing?
I did the carcassi op. 60 for my AS unfortunately lol. Carcassi's grade 6 isn't it tho? I do love Carcassi! I am playing a William Walton piece (Bagatelle no. 2) but that's grade 8 and one with a foreign name I can't remember...and I'm still trying to find some more. I am grade 8 standard but I want some easier pieces to fill the time because 10-15 minutes is a long time! How about you? What board are you with. I'm AQA (new).
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I did the carcassi op. 60 for my AS unfortunately lol. Carcassi's grade 6 isn't it tho? I do love Carcassi! I am playing a William Walton piece (Bagatelle no. 2) but that's grade 8 and one with a foreign name I can't remember...and I'm still trying to find some more. I am grade 8 standard but I want some easier pieces to fill the time because 10-15 minutes is a long time! How about you? What board are you with. I'm AQA (new).
Oh, my bad! . I'm AQA A2 too! I'm playing some Villa-Lobos and Brouwer, but having trouble filling the time too :rolleyes:. How are you finding the rest of the course?
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I did the carcassi op. 60 for my AS unfortunately lol. Carcassi's grade 6 isn't it tho? I do love Carcassi! I am playing a William Walton piece (Bagatelle no. 2) but that's grade 8 and one with a foreign name I can't remember...and I'm still trying to find some more. I am grade 8 standard but I want some easier pieces to fill the time because 10-15 minutes is a long time! How about you? What board are you with. I'm AQA (new).
How about some Tarrega? Plenty to choose from at round about that standard like capricho arabe, gran vals, rosita polka etc.

Just remebered I bought the sheet music to that Willam Walton piece, about time I got round to learning it!
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I thank you fine chaps for this thread as it makes me feel good, especially considering I've never taken a single lesson for guitar.


I wish piano came to me as easily. ;<
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Oh, my bad! . I'm AQA A2 too! I'm playing some Villa-Lobos and Brouwer, but having trouble filling the time too :rolleyes:. How are you finding the rest of the course?
Performance is the thing I need to work hardest at really...just because I don't really like performing in front of people etc. I'm doing the Mahler symphony and jazz for my set works/history and I'm pretty confident with that and my listening. What composition brief did you go for? I'm doing brief A with the bach chorale and the classical string quartet...its going pretty well so far.
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Performance is the thing I need to work hardest at really...just because I don't really like performing in front of people etc. I'm doing the Mahler symphony and jazz for my set works/history and I'm pretty confident with that and my listening. What composition brief did you go for? I'm doing brief A with the bach chorale and the classical string quartet...its going pretty well so far.
Omg, same! I totally screwed up performance last year because I hated playing even in front of a machine :'). We're doing the Vaughan Williams and jazz for set works, but I really and truly hate learning about jazz! I'm doing that comp brief too, yeah, it's not too difficult. What do you think about the revised exam?
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Omg, same! I totally screwed up performance last year because I hated playing even in front of a machine :'). We're doing the Vaughan Williams and jazz for set works, but I really and truly hate learning about jazz! I'm doing that comp brief too, yeah, it's not too difficult. What do you think about the revised exam?
No wayyy! I love learning about jazz but then again I guess it depends how it is delivered -it has one of the most fascinating histories. I'm doing the Mahler symphony and I really love that as well. I didn't really enjoy doing the musicals last year...what did you do last year?

Personally, I think AQA screwed us all a bit last year ie. not giving anyone any indication of the way we'd be marked for composition and not giving clear guidelines as to what controlled coursework meant (at some schools the exam co-ordinator didn't even let the teacher in the room). Did your teacher go to that meeting with AQA around November last year. Literally all the teachers were complaining/shouting at the AQA representative because of the lack of information they'd been given about last year and how many people who had been potential oxbridge candidates for music had ended up dropping it cos they'd got grades lower than expected. They were showing examples of compositions at this meeting and our teacher showed us them that had got such and such a grade and we were like...ours are better but we got a worse grade. Music is incredibly subjective :rolleyes: ...Sorry...I'm having a rant but it was very unfair considering we were the first year to do the course! I mean I didn't come off as badly as the other guy in my class...I got a B in composition.
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In summation...I like the course but I think AQA are jerks
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No wayyy! I love learning about jazz but then again I guess it depends how it is delivered -it has one of the most fascinating histories. I'm doing the Mahler symphony and I really love that as well. I didn't really enjoy doing the musicals last year...what did you do last year?

Personally, I think AQA screwed us all a bit last year ie. not giving anyone any indication of the way we'd be marked for composition and not giving clear guidelines as to what controlled coursework meant (at some schools the exam co-ordinator didn't even let the teacher in the room). Did your teacher go to that meeting with AQA around November last year. Literally all the teachers were complaining/shouting at the AQA representative because of the lack of information they'd been given about last year and how many people who had been potential oxbridge candidates for music had ended up dropping it cos they'd got grades lower than expected. They were showing examples of compositions at this meeting and our teacher showed us them that had got such and such a grade and we were like...ours are better but we got a worse grade. Music is incredibly subjective :rolleyes: ...Sorry...I'm having a rant but it was very unfair considering we were the first year to do the course! I mean I didn't come off as badly as the other guy in my class...I got a B in composition.
Well, I think jazz is really fascinating, but I really hate having to analyse it like we analyse the classical set works :rolleyes:. Um, last year we did... let me have a think... ah, Popular Music from 1960-present day!

Oh, I totally hate AQA too! The complete lack of information our teacher got totally screwed us over too. But in regards to comp, our teacher was allowed in the room with us, I think not being allowed in is a bit extreme :'). I don't think she went, but good for them! I totally screwed up performance last year, and because the examiners decided performing was "too easy," they made the grade boundaries lower so I ended up doing really badly . Yeah, it's totally subjecttive, but there needs to be something that tells us what standard our work is it (i.e. examples of composition). Well done for the B! What did you get overall?

Oh well, I'm sure August 19th will be very interesting :rolleyes:.
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Well, I think jazz is really fascinating, but I really hate having to analyse it like we analyse the classical set works :rolleyes:. Um, last year we did... let me have a think... ah, Popular Music from 1960-present day!

Oh, I totally hate AQA too! The complete lack of information our teacher got totally screwed us over too. But in regards to comp, our teacher was allowed in the room with us, I think not being allowed in is a bit extreme :'). I don't think she went, but good for them! I totally screwed up performance last year, and because the examiners decided performing was "too easy," they made the grade boundaries lower so I ended up doing really badly . Yeah, it's totally subjecttive, but there needs to be something that tells us what standard our work is it (i.e. examples of composition). Well done for the B! What did you get overall?

Oh well, I'm sure August 19th will be very interesting :rolleyes:.
A in exam, high B in composition and C in performance...averaged at a B which is what I'm hoping to get in summer!
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If you are at the standard of austrias you should be able to play recuerdos de Alhambra. Fast but ver very beautiful.
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Also I am doing Asturias for music gcse. Nearly polished but still far from john Williams version. Anyone think this good enough for full marks
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