Acoustic Guitar Grade 8

The benchmark syllabus for all aspiring acoustic guitarists.

The essential syllabus for the aspiring, contemporary Acoustic Guitarist. This book will provide you with everything you need for your Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 exam, 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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The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests The digital version + Replay additionally includes the Replay interactive sheet music player. Learn more about your purchasing options.

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps Track 1 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Kind Hearted Woman Blues Track 2 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Tears For Jerusalem Track 3 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
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Minor Swing Track 5 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
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Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 features:

  • 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
  • The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Tommy Emmanuel - Tears For Jerusalem
  • Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues
  • Brent Mason - First Rule Of Thumb
  • Django Reinhardt - Minor Swing
  • Hiatus Kaiyote - Breathing Underwater

There is no errata for this book.

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)
How do I download the updated audio?
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)
How do I download the updated audio?
Page 76
Quick Study Pieces - Blues & Country - Bar 17 has been removed from the notation. (Updated 3 November 2017)