When you move forward to grade 3, maximum piece length increases from 6 bars to 8. The time and key signatures are the same as they were in grade 2, except for the addition of D major and 3/8. 2nd position is introduced in grade 3, along with new kinds of articulation, and thumb and finger integration techniques for simple broken-chord patterns.
Grade 3 Guitar Sight Reading Exercise
Try this free guitar sight reading exercise to get a sense of what you can expect in grade 3.
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Tips for Grade 3 Guitar Sight Reading
- Get situated with your guitar where you can comfortably see the exercise (an iPad or tablet is especially convenient for this, as you can set it right on your music stand; print this page if needed)
- Take 30 seconds to look over the exercise before you attempt to sight read it
- Once you've started, keep going no matter what – learning not to stop even when you make a mistake is one of the most important skills in guitar sight reading
- When you're finished playing, press the "Listen" button to hear a correct performance of the exercise; take a moment to reflect on how you did