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Acoustic Guitar Grade 6

Grade 6 level introduces Grade Exam students to Quick Study Pieces, which incorporate both sight reading and improvisation, and technically demanding Stylistic Studies, each from a choice of genres.

Key Features at Grade 6

  • Quick Study Pieces
  • Stylistic Studies

What You're Marked On

Performance Pieces

At 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

Learn more about Free Choice Pieces...

Technical Exercises

Candidates will be given three technical exercises:

  • Lydian Dominant
  • Altered scale
  • Altered Dominant 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 6: Melodic Recall and Harmonic Recall.

General Musicianship Questions

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

Download Acoustic GMQs (559KB, .pdf)


Your Grade 6 exam lasts 32 minutes for a Grade Exam or 27 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 6 exam now! Simply buy or download the Acoustic Guitar Grade 6 book, and start preparing alongside your acoustic guitar teacher.

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Books for Acoustic Guitar Grade 6