Rockschool is back with a completely re-tuned Acoustic Guitar syllabus!
Rockschool Acoustic sets a new tone, with a complete set of upgrades to the Acoustic series. As with all of Rockschool’s recent releases, every grade features meticulously researched and benchmarked tracks from both trailblazing innovators and contemporary trendsetters, exposing each student to an array of genres, styles and instrument-specific techniques as they progress through each grade.
Each grade features 6 new arrangements from some of music’s most iconic figures to perform in the last 8 decades; with each instalment navigating an array of era-defining styles and techniques – from the 1930’s all the way up to the present-day.
“We assess each Rockschool syllabus halfway through its six-year cycle, and when it came to our Acoustic grades we knew there were some key changes that would improve it for everyone. The most important change is the realignment of the technical requirements to more closely match Rockschool’s well-loved Electric Guitar syllabus. Enabling teachers and students to transfer freely between both guitar types, was something we were adamant about from the beginning.” Jono Harrison, Rockschool’s Syllabus Manager
Rockschool have also added vocal parts to 4 songs of the 6 recordings found at each grade. These ‘Session-Style’ tracks are a fun and engaging addition that give each player the opportunity to replicate a recording session, or live performance, each time they sit down to practise. This not only allows students to develop a better sense of time and rhythm; it also presents the perfect habitat for each session to encourage the evolution of each players’ interpretation of tone and stylistic choices.
“Rockschool has a very clearly defined syllabus here that helps guide the arrangers make important decisions on whether to simplify or elaborate for the benefit of the students. This is about providing a step-by-step pathway so they [the students] can progress gradually, feeling satisfied and in-control at each grade. It’s a task I have taken very seriously and enjoyed immensely.”Giorgio Serci, Guitarist/Arranger
The remaining 2 tracks per grade take the spotlight and aim it front and centre, with a pair of instrument-specific, solo-guitar arrangements that more intensely navigate the acoustic guitars’ range of melodic expression. This is your opportunity to learn from generational genius such as Django Reinhardt, Tommy Emmanuel and Kaki King, expanding your instrumental techniques in the process (including how to use the guitar as a percussive instrument!)
The new syllabus features iconic tracks from the likes of:
- Django Reinhardt
- Robert Johnson
- Corinne Bailey Rae
- Tommy Emmanuel
- Kaki King
- Hiatus Kaiyote
- Bert Jansch
- José González
- Alanis Morissette
- Taylor Swift
- Antônio Carlos Jobim
- Eric Roche
Both physical and digital formats will be available in-store and online from 16 September, 2019.
To learn more about Rockschool and the new Acoustic Syllabus you can see a grade-by-grade breakdown here.