Electric Guitar Grade 8

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The Guitar Grade 8 book is a vital aid to mastering the pro-level material in your exam. Earn those UCAS points and become a pro-level musician by working through the sophisticated techniques and theory in its pages.

What you'll learn at Grade 8

  • Time signature changes, 16th-note triplets, fingerpicked chords
  • Whole Tone, Diminished, Altered scales, Dominant 7♯5, Dominant 7♭5, Dominant 7♯9, Dominant 7♭9 arpeggios and chords, Diminished arpeggios and Stylistic Study
  • Session work

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  • Country Boy Track 1 of 12
  • Cry Me A River (Live iTunes Festival 2013) Track 2 of 12
  • Dark Matter Track 3 of 12
  • Die To Live Track 4 of 12
  • Freightshaker Track 5 of 12
  • Kid Charlemagne Track 6 of 12
  • Lead Sheet Track 7 of 12
  • Meet Darth Ear Track 8 of 12
  • Mind The Gaps Track 9 of 12
  • Native Sons Track 10 of 12
  • Nosso Samba Track 11 of 12
  • Spanish Joint Track 12 of 12
  • Supporting Tests
  • List
    • 6 new arrangements of iconic rock, pop, and contemporary music tracks from classic and contemporary artists & 6 Rockschool Originals
    • The most diverse selection of contemporary music ever seen in a syllabus making the Grades accessible to everyone without precluding any musical tastes
    • Fact Files: band and artist background information with recommended listening
    • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
    • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online
    • All the essential music theory and technique you need to pass your exams
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  • music note
    • Snarky Puppy - Native Sons
    • Steve Vai - Die to Live
    • Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne
    • D'Angelo - Spanish Joint
    • Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River
    • Albert Lee - Country Boy
    • 6 Rockschool Originals
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    Technical Exercises

    • Group A - Scales
    • Group B - Arpeggios
    • Group C - Chords
    • Group D - Stylistic Studies

    Unseen Tests

    • Quick Study Piece
    • Ear Tests (Test 1: Melodic Recall, Test 2: Harmonic Recall)
    • General Musicianship Questions
  • Tick

    Pages 17-22

    Kid Charlemagne

    Bar 41 beat 1. The high Bb note has had the tablature number changed to 14 (to reflect the preceding string bend), and picking hand tap symbols added. This corrects the score to reflect the techniques required, bringing it into line with the description already in the walkthrough.

    Pages 49-54

    Mind The Gaps

    Bar 55: The final eighth note of the bar has been changed to an eighth-note rest.

    Pages 29-34

    Cry Me A River

    Bars 57 and 58 have been updated.

    Pages 49–54

    Mind The Gaps

    Bar 21, beat 1: Staccato removed. (Updated 22 July 2020)

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

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

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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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