Acoustic Guitar Grade 5

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The essential syllabus for the aspiring, contemporary Acoustic Guitarist. This book will provide you with everything you need for your Acoustic Guitar Grade 5, including a diverse range of repertoire, a truly innovative range of supporting tests and a vast array of professionally recorded backing tracks and audio examples.

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  • Blackbird Track 1 of 6
  • Fire And Rain Track 2 of 6
  • Put Your Records On Track 3 of 6
  • Songbird Track 4 of 6
  • Tears In Heaven Track 5 of 6
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive Track 6 of 6
  • Supporting Tests
  • List
    • Six 'hit tune' arrangements covering a range of contemporary styles
    • Professional backing tracks for pieces and supporting tests
    • Downloadable audio
    • Fact Files and Walkthroughs


    • Technical Exercises
    • Sight Reading
    • Improvisation & Interpretation
    • Ear Tests
    • General Musicianship Questions
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  • music note
    • James Taylor - Fire And Rain
    • The Beatles - Blackbird
    • Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
    • Eva Cassidy - Songbird
    • Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
    • Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
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    Technical Exercises

    • Group A - Scales
    • Group B - Arpeggios
    • Group C - Chords
    • Group D - Acoustic Riff

    Unseen Tests

    • Sight-Reading
    • Improvisation & Interpretation
    • Ear Tests (Test 1: Melodic Recall, Test 2: Harmonic Recall)
    • General Musicianship Questions
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    Pages 19-24

    'Tears In Heaven' In bar 24, beat 1, the low F# note (fret 9 on string 5) has been moved back by an eighth-note so that it sounds together with the high C# note at end of bar 23. The F#m7 chord symbol has also been moved back with it. (Updated 27 July 2022)

    Pages 19–24

    Tears in Heaven

    The indication "D.S. al Coda" in bar 21 has been changed to "To Coda".

    Page 28


    A "To Coda" indication has been added to the end of bar 20. (Updated 07 February 2020)

    Page 34

    Put Your Records On

    The chords above bar 27 had been removed and replaced with a single chord symbol "A" at the start of the bar. (Updated 07 February 2020)

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Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via www.musicroom.com. The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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