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Acoustic Guitar Grade 2

At Acoustic Guitar Grade 2 you'll begin learning the fundamental techniques you'll need to develop a career as a skilled rock and pop guitarist. You will be examined on your choice of performance pieces from artists such as Ed Sheeran, Jeff Buckley and Oasis.

Key Features at Grade 2

What you'll learn at Grade 2:

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

What You're Marked On

Performance Pieces

At 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

Learn more about Free Choice Pieces...

Technical Exercises

A selection will be asked from three sections:

  • D and Bb major scales and their relative minors
  • Major, minor and dominant arpeggios
  • Dominant 7th and minor 6th voicings

Sight Reading or Improvisation & Interpretation

At Grade 2 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation & Interpretation.

Sight Reading
  • 4-8 bars in the keys of Bb major and D major
Improvisation & Interpretation
  • 4-8 bars in the keys of Bb major and D major

Ear Tests

There are two ear tests at Grade 2: Melodic Recall and Chord Recognition.

General Musicianship Questions

Candidates will be asked five questions relating to one of their choice of Performance pieces. The areas covered will include: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Technique and Genre.

Download Acoustic GMQs (559KB, .pdf)


Your Grade 2 exam lasts 20 minutes for a Grade Exam or 17 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 2 exam now! Simply buy or download the Acoustic Guitar Grade 2 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.

Books for Acoustic Guitar Grade 2