Acoustic Guitar Grade 8

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The benchmark syllabus for all aspiring acoustic guitarists.

The Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 book contains everything you need to pass your Grade 8 exam in one essential book, featuring a truly diverse range of contemporary repertoire from some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Nuno Bettencourt, Robert Johnson and Tommy Emmanuel.

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Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 features:

  • Pieces from the worlds of Rock, Pop, Metal, Blues, Country, Jazz and Acoustic Specialists
  • Professional backing tracks for both pieces and supporting tests
  • Duet arrangement available at every grade
  • Fact files and technical guidance


  • Ear Tests
  • Technical Exercises
  • Sight Reading and Improvisation examples
  • General Musicianship Questions
  • Newton Faulkner - I Need Something
  • Nuno Bettencourt - Midnight Express
  • Brent Mason - First Rule Of Thumb
  • Jerry Reed - Jerry's Breakdown
  • Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  • Tommy Emmanuel - Tears For Jerusalem
Pages 55-64
I Need Something - In bars 37, 41, 49 and 53, Chords marked A#4 have been renamed A(♯4) to avoid confusion. (Updated 13 October 2015)
Page 67
Technical Exercises, Group B, No.9 (p.67) - The audio has been updated to reflect the time signature. (Updated 26 October 2017)
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Pages 33-40
First Rule Of Thumb - The tempo indication for the intro has been changed to 78bpm in the score. The audio count-in has been updated to match this, and also now accounts for the anacrusis. An alternate backing track which starts from the count-in to the section that follows the intro has also been added to the download. (Updated 26 October 2017)
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Page 76
Quick Study Pieces - Blues & Country - Bar 17 has been removed from the notation. (Updated 3 November 2017)
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  • By Alex Dew on 24 February 2016
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    Ordered the Grade 8 to get an idea of the syllabus. I have taught exclusively RGT up to this point, but this syllabus is on point. On the strength of the Grade 8 I have bought the whole set and I'm switching my students over as soon as I can. The whole syllabus just seems a lot more practical and I can't wait to get my students working on it.

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