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Grade 2

Section 1 - Scales and Keys

Candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of the notes that make up scales - this is essential if the scales learnt in theory are to be used in a practical context.

All scales and key signatures are fully illustrated and explained in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers. Find out more

Scales for Grade 2 Exam:

As Grade One plus:

  • D major
  • D pentatonic major
  • F major
  • F pentatonic major
  • B natural minor
  • B pentatonic minor
  • D natural minor
  • D pentatonic minor

Section 2 - Chords

Candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of chord symbols and the notes that make up chords - this is essential if the chords learnt in theory are to be used in a practical context.

All chords are fully illustrated and explained in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers. Find out more

Chords for Grade 2 Exam:

As Grade One plus:

  • Major chords: D, F, Dmaj7, Fmaj7
  • Minor chords: Bm, Dm, Bm7, Dm7
  • Dominant 7th chords: G7, D7, A7, C7

Section 3 - Rhythm Notation

Candidates should have a practical understanding of time signatures, as well as note and rest values (including correct grouping).

Illustrations and explanations of all relevant aspects of rhythm notation are shown in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers. Find out more

Rhythm Notation for Grade 2 Exam:

As for the previous grades plus:

  • 16th notes (semiquavers) and rests.
  • Dotted notes and rests.
  • 3/4 time signature.

Section 4 - Knowledge of Popular Music

Candidates will be asked questions in the following area:

Further information on all aspects of this section of the examination is given in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers. Find out more

Knowledge of Popular Music for Grade 2 Exam:

An awareness of influential popular music groups, vocalists and instrumentalists from 1950 onwards (from a pre-set list of four comprising: Chuck Berry, Led Zepplin, David Bowie, Madonna).

Section 5 - Harmony

Questions in this section largely focus on the candidate's ability to relate the knowledge of scales and chords, from Sections 1 and 2, to practical music-making situations - such as improvisation and composition of chord progressions.

Further information on all aspects of this section of the examination is given in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers. Find out more

Harmony for Grade 2 Exam:

  • The pattern of major and minor triads in the key of C major.
  • The technical terms for the I, IV and V chords

Download Grade 2 Exam Past Papers

Practising with past exam papers can provide ideal preparation for your exam. Past papers also provide you with a clear example of the type and format of questions that may appear in the exam.

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grade 2 music theory bookGrade 2 Popular Music Theory Handbook

The third book in the highly regarded 7 part series of Popular Music Theory handbooks, this book offers a perfect beginning in the earlier stages of popular music theory. This book will help you to improve your musicianship whether or not you intend to take the LCM examination.

All topics are for the exam are covered in a way that is directly applies to the music you play, making music theory both relevant and practical.

You’ll learn about keys, chords, scales, rhythms, harmony and improvisation as well as developing a broad musical knowledge (including instrumentation, musical terms and the history of popular music).

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