Guitar Grade 5

The Guitar Grade 5 book will prepare you for improvisation, chord inversions, dual-octave arpeggios and more - it focuses in-depth on everything you need to know to pass your Grade 5 exam.

What you'll learn at Grade 5

  • Natural harmonics, playing over changes
  • Major and Natural Minor, Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, Blues scales, all in two positions
  • Major and Minor arpeggios over two octaves. Chords in three inversions
  • Playback and performance skills

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Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £14.99 Add to Cart
Lose Yourself (Live) Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Love On Top Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
People Say Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Pick Up The Pieces Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Lay Down Sally Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
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Rollin' Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Do Balanço Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Tiberius Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Smack Talk Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
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Guitar Grade 5 features:

  • 6 new arrangements of iconic rock, pop, and contemporary music tracks from classic and contemporary artists & 6 Rockschool Originals
  • The most diverse selection of contemporary music ever seen in a syllabus making the Grades accessible to everyone without precluding any musical tastes
  • Fact Files: band and artist background information with recommended listening
  • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
  • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online
  • All the essential music theory and technique you need to pass your exams
  • Eminem - Lose Yourself
  • Beyoncé - Love On Top
  • The Meters - People Say
  • Average White Band - Pick Up the Pieces
  • Eric Clapton - Lay Down Sally
  • AC/DC - Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.


Pages 5-10
Geek - The indication "Play 3 times" has been added to the end of Bar 38 (p.8) to show the number of times the repeat structure encompassing bars 35 to 39 should be played. (Updated 25 September 2013)
Pages 17-22
Do Balanço - The slide notation on the first eighth-note of beat 3 in bar 2 has been removed. (Updated 25 September 2013)

Learn more about the Guitar Grade 5 syllabus