As you progress to guitar grade 2, you continue sight reading 4–6 bar single-line pieces in 1st position. The time and key signatures will remain the same as they were in Grade one, except for the addition of D minor. You will occasionally encounter staccato and dotted notes.
Grade 2 Guitar Sight Reading Exercise
Try this free guitar sight reading piece to get a sense of what you can expect in grade 2.
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Tips for Grade 2 Guitar Sight Reading
- Get situated with your guitar where you can comfortably see the exercise (an iPad or other 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 piece 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