Info: Please send your music at least three weeks prior to the examination date for a prompt response.

Please read through the following page if you’re thinking of performing a piece of repertoire not published by Rockschool in its Guitar pack.

This checklist has been devised to help you assess whether or not the repertoire you have chosen to play meets the criteria established for performance pieces in the grade.

If there is any doubt, please contact Rockschool on 0345 460 4747 or

Section A: Essential Elements

If you answer “No” to any of the following questions the piece is unsuitable for use in the grade examination. If you answer “Yes” to all of them then please proceed to the next section.

Section B: Performance Elements

The piece must feature all the physical and a selection of the expressive techniques as specified.


The piece must feature 6 out of the following 8 aspects as specified.


The pieces should contain a mixture of:


If your piece does not have the physical and expressive techniques plus the rhythmic content and instrument compass as specified, it is unsuitable for use in the examination. If it does have these criteria, and meets the criteria in the Practical Performance Section, it should be suitable for use in the examination.


If you are still in any doubt, please email a copy of your notated part to

Note! Please send your music at least three weeks prior to the examination date for a prompt response.