Acoustic Guitar Grade 5

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The benchmark syllabus for all aspiring acoustic guitarists.

The Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 book contains everything you need to pass your Grade 5 exam in one essential book, featuring a truly diverse range of contemporary repertoire from some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Eric Clapton, The Beatles and Bon Jovi.

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Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £12.99 Add to Cart
Wanted Dead Or Alive Track 1 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Shape Of My Heart Track 2 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Songbird Track 3 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Brothers In Arms Track 4 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Tears In Heaven Track 5 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
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Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 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
  • Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
  • Sting - Shape Of My Heart
  • Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
  • Eva Cassidy - Songbird
  • The Beatles - Blackbird
  • Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
Pages 23-28
Brothers In Arms - Tab was omitted from bar 20. This has now been corrected
See file: RSK200025_Acoustic_G5_p25_3Mar2016.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 3 March 2016)
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Pages 11-18
Shape Of My Heart - The tablature in bar 35 (p.14) has been updated, and several unnecessary tab numbers that were associated with tied notes in the clef have been resolved.
See file: RSK200025_Acoustic_G5_ShapeOfMyHeart_26May2016.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 26 May 2016)
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Pages 29-38
Tears In Heaven - The full track (FT) and backing track (BT) audio for this song have been updated to address mastering issues. The updated files have been appended with "Jun2016" in the filename for identification purposes. (Updated 20 June 2016)
Pages 19-22
Songbird - The backing track to "Songbird" has been updated. The new version of the audio has had the guitar solo removed as candidates are required to play this themselves. See file: Songbird BT– Updated 30.09.16.mp3 in the downloadable content. (Updated 6 October 2016)
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Page 43
Technical Exercises – Group C: Chord Voicings - In example 2, the lowest note of the final chord should be played on the 5th string at the 3rd fret. (Updated 29 March 2018)
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Pages 29-38
Tears In Heaven - The tablature for the E/G# chord (which first appears in bar 1) has been checked and updated throughout the piece to appear on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th strings. (Updated 20 April 2018)
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