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Acoustic Guitar Grade 8

Completion of Grade 8 ensures you are ready to pursue both a conservatoire education and a professional career. You will have the opportunity to perform repertoire from Newton Faulkner, Nuno Bettencourt and Brent Mason.

Key Features at Grade 8

What you'll learn at Grade 8:

  • Quick Study Pieces
  • Stylistic Studies

What You're Marked On

Performance Pieces

At 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

Learn more about Free Choice Pieces...

Technical Exercises

A selection will be asked from three sections:

  • Diminished scales
  • Diminished major 7 arpeggios
  • Dominant 13b9 chords

Quick Study Piece

Candidates choose the genre for their Quick Study Piece from one of these categories:

  • Rock and Pop
  • Blues and Country
  • Acoustic Specialists

Stylistic Study

Stylistic Studies are chosen by the candidate prior to the exam, from one of these categories:

  • Rock and Pop
  • Blues and Country
  • Acoustic Specialists

Ear Tests

There are two ear tests at Grade 8: Melodic Recall and Harmonic Recall. These help develop the two key piano skills of lead and rhythm playback.

General Musicianship Questions

Candidates will be asked five questions relating to Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Technique and Genre.

Download Acoustic GMQs (559KB, .pdf)


Your Grade 8 exam lasts 32 minutes for a Grade Exam or 30 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 Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 exam now! Simply buy or download the Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 book, and start preparing alongside your acoustic guitar teacher.

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Books for Acoustic Guitar Grade 8