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Table of Contents
                            Introductions & Information
	Acknowledgements
	Table of Contents
	Welcome
	Guitar Notation Explained
Sight Reading
	Debut
	Grade 1
	Grade 2
	Grade 3
	Grade 4
	Grade 5
Improvisation & Interpretation
	Grade 1
	Grade 2
	Grade 3
	Grade 4
	Grade 5
Ear Tests
	Debut
	Grade 1
	Grade 2
	Grade 3
	Grade 4
	Grade 5
	Grade 6
	Grade 7
	Grade 8
Quick Study Pieces
	Grade 6
	Grade 7
	Grade 8
General Musicianship Questions
	Debut & Grade 1
	Grades 1 & 2
	Grades 4 & 5
	Grades 6 & 7
	Grade 8
                        
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Multiple examples of the ‘unseen tests’ in Rockschool exams for practice and improved exam performance

Guitar
Companion Guide

All accompanying and supporting audio can be downloaded from: www.rslawards.com/downloads

Input the following code when prompted: 4L9H7EFV3Y

For more information, turn to page 4

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Introductions & Information Acknowledgements

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Acknowledgements

Published by Rockschool Ltd. © 2012
Catalogue Number RSK111201
ISBN: 978-1-908920-28-7

AUDIO
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Langlei Studios by Duncan Jordan
Producer: James Uings

MUSICIANS
Stuart Clayton, Fergus Gerrand, Noam Lederman, Stuart Ryan, Ross Stanley

PUBLISHING
Music engraving and book layout by Simon Troup and Jennie Troup of Digital Music Art
Proof and copy editing by Stephen Lawson, Simon Pitt, James Uings and Chris Bird
Cover design by Philip Millard
Cover photography by Adam Gasson

SYLLABUS
Syllabus director: Jeremy Ward
Instrumental specialists: Stuart Clayton, Noam Lederman and James Uings

SPONSORSHIP
Noam Lederman plays Mapex Drums, PAISTE cymbals and uses Vic Firth Sticks
Rockschool would like to thank the following companies for donating instruments used in the cover artwork

PRINTING
Printed and bound in the United Kingdom by Caligraving Ltd

DISTRIBUTION
Exclusive Distributors: Music Sales Ltd

CONTACTING ROCKSCHOOL
www.rslawards.com
Telephone: +44 (0)845 460 4747
Email: [email protected]

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Grade 3

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Grade 3 Test 1: Melodic Recall
The examiner will play you a two-bar melody with a drum backing using the G minor pentatonic scale. The first note of the
melody will be the root note and the first interval will be ascending. You will play the melody back on your instrument. You
will hear the test twice. Each time the test is played it is preceded by a one-bar count-in. There will be a short gap for you
to practise after you have heard the test for the second time. Next you will hear a vocal count-in and you will then play the
melody to the drum backing.

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Ear Tests Grade 3

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Grades 6 & 7

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Grade 6

The theory questions here refer to the performance piece ‘That Sounds Like Noise’ on page 15 of the Guitar Grade  6
candidate book.

Q. What does D.S. al Coda mean?
A. You go back to the sign and play until the coda sign then play the coda.

Q. What does PH mean in bar 1?
A. Pinched harmonic.

Q. What is the pitch name of the first note?
A. F # .

Q. What scale could you use for the solo?
A. The F # blues scale works well but you can also use the F # natural minor scale.

Q. What could you do to vary the sound during the piece?
A. You could add delay for the melody and lead sections.

Grade 7

The theory questions here refer to the performance piece ‘The Pants Era’ on page 5 of the Guitar Grade 7 candidate book.

Q. What do NH and the diamond shapes round the TAB mean?
A. Natural harmonics. You should place your finger slightly in front of the fret.

Q. What does 11/16 mean?
A. There are 11 16th notes in a bar.

Q. What is the pitch name of the first note of bar 25?
A. E natural.

Q. What scale would you use for the solo other than the minor pentatonic or blues scales?
A. You could use the natural minor with a flattened fifth.

Q. What two key elements make up a typical metal rhythm guitar tone?
A. A modern high-gain distortion and a scooped sound.

General Musicianship Questions Grades 6 & 7

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Grade 8

The theory questions here refer to the performance piece ‘Mind The Gaps’ on page 11 of the Guitar Grade 8 candidate book.

Q. What are the crossed note chords?
A. Muted chords to achieve a stylistic rhythm.

Q. What does F mean at the start of the piece?
A. Moderately loud.

Q. What does the sign above the note in bar 14 mean?
A. To be played with vibrato.

Q. What two scale choices did you make for the solo?
A. G natural minor for the first half and E b lydian for the second half.

Q. What variations of tone can you use for this piece?
A. It can be played clean (or with slight distortion) and then with distortion for the solo.

General Musicianship Questions Grade 8

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