Instrumental music

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Instrumental music is music without singing.

The music is primarily or exclusively produced by musical instruments, in numbers which could range in size from a solo, duo or trio to a large big band, concert band or orchestra.

National 3

Instruments

Instruments introduced at National 3 are Acoustic guitar, Accordion, Bagpipes, Drum kit, Electric guitar, Fiddle, Organ and Piano.

Instrument families

Instrument families introduced at National 3 are Brass, Percussion, Strings and Woodwind.

Groups

Groups introduced at National 3 are Folk groups, Orchestra, Scottish dance band and Steel band.

Methods of playing

Methods of playing introduced at National 3 are Accompanied, Blowing, Bowing, Drum fill, Harmony, Plucking, Solo, Striking, Strumming, Unaccompanied and Unison.

National 4

Instruments

Instruments introduced at National 4 are Bass drum, Bass guitar, Cello, Clarinet, Double bass, Flute, Glockenspiel, Güiro, Harp, Harpsichord, Pan pipes, Recorder, Saxophone, Snare drum, Tambourine, Timpani, Triangle, Trombone, Trumpet, Violin and Xylophone.

Groups

Groups introduced at National 4 are Brass band and Wind band.

Methods of playing

Method of playing introduced at National 4 is Muted.

Styles

Styles introduced at National 4 are Cadenza, Concerto and Pedal.

National 5

Instruments

Instruments introduced at National 5 are Bassoon, Bodhran, Bongo drums, Castanets, Clarsach, French horn, Hi hat cymbals, Oboe, Piccolo, Sitar, Tabla, Tuba and Viola.

Methods of playing

Methods of playing introduced at National 5 are Arco, Con sordino, Flutter tonguing, Glissando, Pitch bend, Pizzicato and Roll.

Styles

Styles introduced at National 5 are Alberti bass, Ground bass, Pibroch, Reverb, Symphony and Walking bass.