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Recommended minimum speeds for scales and arpeggios

The tables below detail recommended minimum speeds for ABRSM's scale requirements. Please make reference to the relevant syllabus. Scale books are published by ABRSM for these instruments (except Harp).

Piano

Grade 1

Scales / Contrary-motion scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Broken chords

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 2

Scales / Contrary-motion scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios / Broken chords

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 3

Scales / Contrary-motion scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales / Contrary-motion scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Contrary-motion scales /
Chromatic scales / Chromatic contrary-motion scales

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Staccato scales / Contrary-motion scales /
Chromatic scales / Chromatic contrary-motion scales

Four quavers

Minim

Staccato scale in thirds

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Minim

Grade 7

Scales / Contrary-motion scales /
Chromatic scales / Chromatic contrary-motion scales

Four quavers

Minim

Scales a third apart

Four quavers

Minim

Legato scale in thirds

Four quavers

Minim

Staccato scale in sixths

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios / Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Minim

Grade 8

Scales / Whole-tone scale

Four quavers

Minim

Scales a third apart / Scales a sixth apart

Four quavers

Minim

Legato scales in thirds / Chromatic scale in minor thirds

Four quavers

Minim

Chromatic scales a minor third apart

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios / Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Minim

Organ

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Lateral-movement exercise

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Broken chords

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 2

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Lateral-movement exercise

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios / Broken chords

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scales (manuals)

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Lateral-movement exercise a sixth apart

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Scales in broken thirds (pedals)

four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic exercise (pedals)

two quavers

Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scales (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Scales / Chromatic scales / Broken chords (pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Pedal solo (BWV 565)

Symbol

Crotchet

Pedal solo (Vierne)

Symbol

Crotchet

Contrary-motion scales (left hand & pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Scales / Chromatic scales (pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Broken chords (pedals)

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Pedal solo (BWV 560)

Symbol

Crotchet

Pedal solo (BWV 680)

Symbol

Crotchet

Broken-chord exercise (left hand & pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Scales / Broken chords (diminished sevenths) (pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Pedal solo (BWV 531)

Symbol

Crotchet

Pedal solo (Reger)

Symbol

Minim

Chromatic scales a major tenth apart (left hand & pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Study (BWV Anh. II 114)

Symbol

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Scales a third apart (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Broken chords (dominant sevenths / diminished sevenths) (pedals)

Four quavers

Minim

Pedal solo (Mendelssohn)

Symbol

Crotchet

Pedal solo (Guilmant)

Symbol

Minim

Scales a tenth apart (left hand & pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Study (BWV Anh. II 119)

Symbol

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales a third apart / Scales a sixth apart (manuals)

Four quavers

Minim

Scales a third apart (pedals)

Two crotchets

Crotchet

Broken chords (dominant sevenths / diminished sevenths) (pedals)

Four quavers

Minim

Pedal solo (Böhm)

Symbol

Crotchet

Pedal solo (Gigout)

Symbol

Crotchet

Scales a tenth apart (left hand & pedals)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Study (BWV 448)

Symbol

Crotchet

§ example published in ABRSM's Organ Scales, Arpeggios & Exercises (from 2011)

Harp (pedal and non-pedal)

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales

Four quavers

Minim

Specified melodic minor scales
(non-pedal harp; RH only)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales

Four quavers

Minim

Specified melodic minor scales
(non-pedal harp; RH only)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Dominant sevenths

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths (divided between the hands)

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales

Four quavers

Minim

Melodic minor scales (non-pedal harp; RH only)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Dominant sevenths

One quaver and six semiquavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths (divided between the hands)

One quaver and six semiquavers

Minim

Grade 7

Scales

Four quavers

Minim

Melodic minor scales (non-pedal harp; RH only)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scales (in contrary motion)

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted Crotchet

Dominant sevenths

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths (divided between the hands)

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths (in the narrow position)

Eight semiquavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales

Four quavers

Minim

Melodic minor scales (non-pedal harp; RH only)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scales (in contrary motion)

Four quavers

Minim

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios (divided between the hands)

Four quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios (in the narrow position)

Eight semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths (divided between the hands)

One quaver and six semiquavers

Crotchet

Dominant sevenths (in the narrow position)

Eight semiquavers

Crotchet

Guitar

Grade 1

Scales (fingers only)

CCrotchet and quavers

Crotchet

Scales (thumb only)

Two crotchets

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 2

Scales (fingers only)

Crotchet and quavers

Crotchet

Scales (thumb only)

Two crotchets

Crotchet

Chromatic scale (thumb only)

Two crotchets

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 3

Scales

CCrotchet and quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Interval scale (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chord

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Grade 4

Scales

CCrotchet and quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Interval scales (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chord

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales

CCrotchet and quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Interval scales (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chord

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales (two octaves)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scales (three octaves)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Interval scales (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chord

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales (two octaves)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scales (three octaves)

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Chromatic scale

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Interval scales (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chord

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales (two octaves)

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scales (three octaves)

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Chromatic scale

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Interval scales (together / broken)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Broken chords

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Violin

Grade 1

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dottedcrotchet

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scales (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scales (in parallel)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Viola

Grade 1

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scales (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scales (in parallel)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Cello

Grade 1

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 4

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four semiquavers

Quaver

Double-stop scale (in parallel)

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Double-stop scales (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Double Bass

Grade 1

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 2

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 3

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scale

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 6

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Scale in broken thirds

Quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales

Crotchets and quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Chromatic scales

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Double-stop scale (in broken steps)

Crotchets and minim

Crotchet

Scale in running thirds

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Recorder

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Flute

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Oboe

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Clarinet

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Bassoon

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Saxophone

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant sevenths / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Scales in thirds / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Horn

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Trumpet*

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Quaver

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Quaver

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Quaver

* and Bb Cornet, Eb Soprano Cornet and Flugelhorn

Eb Horn

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Minim

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Trombone

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Bass Trombone

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Baritone and Euphonium

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Tuba

Grade 1

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 2

Scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 3

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Quaver

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 4

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Grade 5

Scales / Chromatic scale

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Quaver

Dominant seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 6

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant seventh / Diminished seventh

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 7

Scales / Chromatic scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

Grade 8

Scales / Chromatic scales / Whole-tone scales

Four quavers

Crotchet

Arpeggios

Three quavers

Dotted crotchet

Dominant sevenths / Diminished sevenths

Four quavers

Crotchet

ABRSM does not publish scale books for Harpsichord or Percussion so unfortunately recommended speeds for these subjects are currently unavailable.

 

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