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Acoustic Guitar Grade 4

The Grade 4 exams will introduce you to a range of repertoire from Metallica, Taylor Swift and Joni Mitchell.

Key Skills at Grade 4

What you'll learn at Grade 4:

  • Technical Exercises
  • Sight Reading or Improvisation
  • Ear Tests
  • General Musicianship Questions

What You're Marked On

Performance Pieces

At 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

Technical Exercises

A selection will be asked from three sections:

  • Minor 11th chords
  • The Phrygian mode
  • Dominant 9th chords

Sight Reading or Improvisation & Interpretation

At Grade 4 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation & Interpretation.

Sight Reading
  • 8-16 bars in the keys of E major and Ab major
Improvisation & Interpretation
  • 8-16 bars in the keys of E major and Ab major

Ear Tests

There are two ear tests at Grade 4: Melodic Recall and Harmonic Recall.

General Musicianship Questions

Candidates will be asked five questions.

Download Acoustic GMQs (559KB, .pdf)


Your Grade 4 exam lasts 27 minutes for a Grade Exam or 24 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 4 exam now! Simply buy or download the Acoustic Guitar Grade 4 book, and start preparing alongside your acoustic guitar teacher.

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

Books for Acoustic Guitar Grade 4