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The October to December deadline is 1 October

Whether you're taking your first steps on guitar or moving into further or higher education, a Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade will improve your playing ability, expand your technical proficiency and give you a solid grasp of music theory, whilst practising and performing to some of the most iconic tracks from the world of popular music.


New Acoustic Syllabus for 2016

The new Rockschool 2016 Acoustic Guitar Syllabus is out now! Here's what you need to know...

Rockschool 2016 Acoustic Guitar - out now

Hand-Picked Popular Repertoire

For Acoustic Guitar we've hand-picked tunes from some of the world's biggest artists across a diverse range of genres to provide students with an expansive song choice to use in their exam and for their own enjoyment.

Created and Recorded By Top Session Musicians

Acoustic Guitar features some of the top session musicians in the industry who’ve recorded and performed with the likes of Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Rihanna and many more.

Duet arrangements

Music is always better when played together. Rockschool Acoustic Guitar features duet arrangements at every grade to enable student and instructor to practice and perform together.

UCAS Points

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grades carry huge rewards. For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can enhance your university application, with up to 30 UCAS points awarded at Grade 8.
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Unrivalled Industry Relevance

As with every Rockschool syllabus, Acoustic Guitar combines unrivalled industry relevance with academic credibility, giving students a wealth of technical, stylistic and theoretical knowledge that’s second to none.

Digital Downloads

Instantly download your Acoustic Guitar book, individual tracks or supporting tests. The RSL shop allows student and instructor to use their favourite Rockschool titles on their desktop, tablet or smartphone. Learn more.

Steps

Completing a Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade is a rewarding experience, we'll get you on your path to success in no-time. To get started, simply grab your Acoustic Guitar book from the shop.

Acoustic Guitar Syllabus

Get a copy of the Debut - Grade 8 syllabus:

Acoustic Syllabus (239KB, .pdf)

Find a Centre

We have guitar centres all across the UK and in 38 other countries around the globe. Find your nearest UK centre.

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Find a Teacher

Looking for a guitar teacher, or a teacher for another instrument? We can help! Find a teacher.

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Dates & Fees

Next exam period:
23 October – 15 December

Next closing date:
1 October
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Exam fee:
£37.00 - 87.00
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Track Listing

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar features some of the most iconic tracks from the biggest selling artists across a diverse range of genres.

Debut

  • Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
  • Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly
  • Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
  • Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
  • Beyonce - If I Were A Boy
  • Coldplay - Yellow

Grade 1

  • The Beatles - Let It Be
  • Metallica - The Unforgiven
  • Adele - Someone Like You
  • Tom Petty - Free Fallin'
  • Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
  • Ray Charles - Stella By Starlight

Grade 2

  • Ed Sheeran - A Team
  • Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over
  • Oasis - Wonderwall
  • Paul Weller - Wild Wood
  • Bob Dylan - All Along The Watchtower
  • Otis Redding - Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay

Grade 3

  • Foo Fighters - Best Of You
  • Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
  • Aerosmith - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing
  • Alison Krauss - When You Say Nothing At All
  • Taylor Swift - Everything Has Changed
  • Rascal Flatts - Bless The Broken Road

Grade 4

  • Metallica - Nothing Else Matters
  • Taylor Swift - Fearless
  • Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
  • Alison Krauss - Baby Now That I've Found You
  • Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man
  • Eric Clapton - Layla

Grade 5

  • Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
  • Sting - Shape Of My Heart
  • Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
  • Eva Cassidy - Songbird
  • The Beatles - Blackbird
  • Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

Grade 6

  • The Beatles - Here, There And Everywhere
  • Michael Jackson - Man In The Mirror
  • Brad Paisley - What A Friend We Have In Jesus
  • Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
  • Paul Simon - The Boxer
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy

Grade 7

  • Newton Faulkner - Teardrop
  • John Mayer - Neon
  • Joe Bonamassa - Woke Up Dreaming
  • Pat Metheny - Our Spanish Love Song
  • Hoagy Carmichael - Georgia On My Mind
  • Tommy Emmanuel - And So It Goes

Grade 8

  • Newton Faulkner - I Need Something
  • Nuno Bettencourt - Midnight Express
  • Brent Mason - First Rule Of Thumb
  • Jerry Reed - Jerry's Breakdown
  • Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  • Tommy Emmanuel - Tears For Jerusalem

The Rockschool Acoustic syllabus scholarship - enrol now!

The Rockschool Acoustic syllabus scholarship will reward, recognise and support outstanding academic achievement throughout the UK and Ireland, targeting the key skills and theoretical understanding that is essential to the development of any aspiring acoustic guitarist.

How will the scholarship winners be chosen?

The Rockschool Acoustic syllabus scholarship will award the first four candidates entered to achieve a Distinction at grades 1, 3, 5 or 8. There will be one scholarship per grade, and to celebrate their achievement, Takamine will be awarding an acoustic guitar to each of the scholarship winners. Winning scholars will also receive their next grade for free, the Grade 8 scholar will gain free entrance onto the Rockschool Level 4 Performance Diploma.

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Acoustic Guitar Books

Instantly download everything you need for your Acoustic Guitar exam from the RSL shop...