Acoustic Guitar Grade 5

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 5, 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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Complete Digital Book + Replay PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files, Supporting Tests and Replay (Interactive Sheet Music Player) £12.74 Add to Cart
Complete Digital Book (US) PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £11.04 Add to Cart
Fire And Rain Track 1 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Blackbird Track 2 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Tears In Heaven Track 3 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Songbird Track 4 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Put Your Records On Track 5 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Wanted Dead Or Alive Track 6 of 6 £3.39 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £3.82 Add to Cart

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Acoustic Guitar Grade 5 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
  • James Taylor - Fire And Rain
  • The Beatles - Blackbird
  • Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
  • Eva Cassidy - Songbird
  • Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
  • Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive
Page 28
Songbird - A "To Coda" indication has been added to the end of bar 20. (Updated 07 February 2020)
Page 34
Put Your Records On - The chords above bar 27 had been removed and replaced with a single chord symbol "A" at the start of the bar. (Updated 07 February 2020)

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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