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Electric Guitar Debut

Ready to rock? At Debut, you'll learn the fundamental rock-guitar skills that every great player knows, from power chords to riffs. When it's exam time, you'll perform them in a selection Rockschool tunes, and in music pieces you choose to play*.

Key Skills at Debut

What you'll learn at Debut:

  • Chords, power chords, string crossing and rests
  • Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, chords and riff playing
  • Playback and performance skills

What You're Marked On

Your Electric Guitar Debut exam lasts 15 minutes and is split into five key sections.

Performance Pieces

At Debut:

  • Pieces last up to one minute. There is simple position work and basic rhythm reading
  • Candidates must prepare a total of three pieces for a Grade Exam and five pieces for a Performance Certificate
  • *There is an option of two Free Choice Pieces for a Grade Exam and three Free Choice Pieces for a Performance Certificate

Learn more about Free Choice Pieces...

Technical Exercises

A selection will be asked from three sections:

  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Riff

Sight Reading

At Debut you will be offered Sight Reading only.

Sight Reading
  • Four bars at 70bpm
  • ½ and ¼ notes in 4/4
  • 90 seconds' preparation and practice

Ear Tests

There are two ear tests at Debut: Melodic and Rhythmic Recall. These help develop the two key guitar skills of lead and rhythm playback.

Melodic Recall
  • You will hear two notes and will be asked to identify if the second and third are higher or lower
  • Answers can be "higher/lower" or "up/down"
Rhythmic Recall
  • You will hear a two-bar rhythm played with a drum backing on the sixth string (low E) of your electric guitar
  • You will then have a period of practice
  • You will be asked to play the rhythm along with the drum backing
  • You will then be asked to identify the test from a set of two examples

General Musicianship Questions

General Musician Questions are included to test your musical understanding and further instrumental knowledge. The five questions are broken down as follows:

  • Four questions on the piece, including clef, stave and TAB, ½ and ¼-note values
  • One question on your instrument and parts of the electric guitar

These files are extracts from Rockschool's Companion Guides for Guitar Book.

Guitar GMQ Sample (137KB, .pdf)


Your Debut exam lasts 15 minutes for a Grade Exam or 12 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 Electric Guitar Debut book and start preparing alongside your electric guitar teacher.

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

Books for Electric Guitar Debut