Learn to Play Guitar

Learning the guitar is a great way to express yourself creatively, improve your communication skills, and connect with others who share your interests. Plus, it’s just plain awesome fun! Whether you aspire to be a rockstar, become a renowned session musician, or simply want to jam out in your bedroom, learning the guitar can provide endless hours of entertainment and fulfilment. So, why not pick up a guitar and start shredding today!

Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar

Plug in, tune up and find your tone with Rockschool Electric Guitar.


Bass Guitar

No band can groove without a bass player who is fully in control of melody and rhythm…


Acoustic Guitar

Tap into your inner troubadour and master one of the world’s most popular instruments.

RSL Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar grades for the 21st-century! Striking a balance between radical redesign and recognisable structure.

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RSL Awards have the guitar resources for you

Our leading guitar learning materials allow you to progressively master your instrument, all whilst learning some of the most iconic pieces of music. Your journey to becoming an outstanding guitarist starts here.

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Why learn guitar with RSL Awards?


Universal language

Music transcends borders. Learning the guitar with our materials will improve your technical proficiency whilst providing a comprehensive understanding of musical theory, enabling you to confidently articulate your musical ideas and concepts to other musicians – no matter where you are in the world.

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Complete publications

The Rockschool and RSL Classical graded music publications provide you with everything you need to take a graded exam: a diverse range of repertoire (including professionally arranged and recorded backing tacks), a truly innovative range of technical exercises and supporting tests.


Iconic music

Throughout the grades, we’ve hand-picked tunes from some of the world’s biggest artists and composers across a diverse range of genres. This expansive choice of songs can be used in your graded music exam, as material for auditions, or for your own enjoyment.


Groundbreaking technology

Our innovative app and e-books, powered by MatchMySound, come complete with an interactive score player allowing you to slow down and loop specific sections of pieces. Gamify your learning experience by receiving automated feedback on your practise sessions!


Find your niche

You can plot your stylistic specialism on your instrument as you progress through the methods. Develop an in-depth understanding of the types of playing you identify with most, whether that is pop, rock, metal, blues, country, funk, jazz, reggae, or classical.


30+ years of experience

For over 30 years we have been producing materials to help people learn musical instruments and assess their progress. RSL Awards now assess over 80,000 people each year across 50 countries. Come and join this world-wide community of creative people.

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Recognised around the world

All our qualifications have been designed with industry relevance, student engagement, and academic rigour in mind. Upon completion of an RSL graded music exam, you will have earned a globally recognised qualification, designed to support progression routes towards higher education and the creative industries.


Benchmarked progression

RSL Awards’ graded music exams motivate and encourage musicians of all ages and abilities through a system of progressive mastery. From our introductory grades all the way through to Grade 8, these graded qualifications enable candidates to develop and enhance their musical skills, knowledge and understanding in an exciting, engaging and consistent manner.

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Shop Guitar

Visit the RSL shop to purchase your guitar grade books, Rockschool Classics, method books, graded music exam entries, music theory workbooks and guidebooks. This all sits alongside a plethora of study guides and resources.

Shop Grade Books

Grab your next grade book. Physical editions and innovative e-books available.

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Purchase Exams

Purchase your exam entry. Face-to-face, Live Stream and Recorded Digital exams available.

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Shop Method Books

Start on the right note with the Rockschool Method Books.

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Find a Teacher or Institution

Find your nearest RSL Awards teacher by using the search below. Our exams are also available across the globe. Click here to search international teachers or institutions.

Ready to take an exam?

Simply purchase your exam entry from our online shop before completing your exam details via your RSL Awards secure account.

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Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via www.musicroom.com. The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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