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The February to March deadline is 14 December

Acoustic Guitar Debut

At Acoustic Guitar Debut you will be examined on your choice of three performance pieces from artists such as Bob Marley, Snow Patrol and Foo Fighters.

Key Features at Debut

What you'll learn at Debut:

  • Hit Tunes
  • Choice of either Improvisation or Sight-Reading
  • Ear Tests

What You're Marked On

Performance Pieces

At 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

Learn more about Free Choice Pieces...

Technical Exercises

Candidates will be given three technical exercises:

  • C major and A minor scales
  • Major and minor arpeggios
  • C major and minor triads

Sight Reading and Improvisation & Interpretation

Sight Reading
  • A 4-6 bar melody in C major
Improvisation & Interpretation
  • A 4-6 bar chord progression in C major

Ear Tests

There are two ear tests at Debut: Melodic Recall and Chord Recognition.

Melodic Recall
  • Learn to identify differences in pitch
Chord Recognition
  • Learn to identify major an minor triads

General Musicianship Questions

Candidates will be asked five questions relating to one of their choice of the Performance Pieces in the following areas: Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Technique and Genre.

Download Acoustic GMQs (559KB, .pdf)


Your Debut exam lasts 15 minutes for a Grade Exam or 14 minutes for a Performance Certificate. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.

Get Started Today!

You can start working towards your Debut exam now! Simply buy or download the Acoustic Guitar Debut book and start preparing alongside your acoustic guitar teacher.

If you don't have an acoustic guitar teacher, you can quickly find the nearest teacher to you with our handy find a music teacher map.

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