Guitar Grade 3

The Guitar Grade 3 book is the go-to guide for all the theory and info you'll need to pass your Grade 3 exam, focusing in-depth on pedal tones, bends, arpeggios, scales and other expressive guitar techniques.

What you'll learn at Grade 3

  • Open-string pedal tones, bends, pre-bends, cross picking
  • Major and Natural Minor scales. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, Blues scales
  • Major and minor arpeggios, barre chords
  • Playback and performance skills

Purchase Options

The digital download includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. The digital download + E-Book Access additionally includes the access to the E-Book Interactive content. Hardcopy books can currently only be shipped to the UK. Learn more about your purchasing options.

We have published 2 versions of this edition; one version is more USA centric with some American English terms and background information referring billboard chart success rather than the UK charts. Please note that both versions of the book have everything you need for an exam and are both valid editions for when you enter for the assessment.

Download Individual Tracks or Tests

* Includes digital versions of the audio, notation and fact files. Learn more.

Title Price (GBP)
Complete Digital Book + E-Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files, Supporting Tests and E-Book (Interactive Sheet Music Player) £17.99 Add to Cart
Electric Guitar Grade 3 | Hardcopy (UK Only) £19.99 Add to Cart
Complete Digital Book (US) PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £15.99 Add to Cart
Smells Like Teen Spirit Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Proud Mary Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
I Knew You Were Trouble Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Thinking Out Loud Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Summer Of '69 Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Overrated Track 7 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Old Bones Blues Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Indecisive Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Maiden Voyage Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Reggae Island Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Fallout Track 12 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £4.49 Add to Cart

Change Currency

Guitar Grade 3 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
  • Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
  • Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
  • Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
  • Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
  • Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
  • 6 Rockschool Originals
Page 21
It has come to our attention that the previously used title ‘Rasta Monkey’ does not fit in with our values as an organisation. We would like to apologise for any offence caused through this title, which has now been changed to "Reggae Island".
Pages 17-20
Thinking Out Loud - Updates have been made to this piece in the following bars: 6, 7, 25, 26, 30.
An update is available for download. (Updated 30 July 2020)
Pages 5-8
Smells Like Teen Spirit - The chordal riff in bars 5–8 has been updated. The final chord of each type (F5, Bb5, Ab5 and Db5) rings on where previously there were rests. This same update also applies each time the same pattern returns (bars 21–24 and again at 37–40). (Updated 28 October 2019)
Pages 17-20
Thinking Out Loud - The triplet-crotchet rhythms in bars 22 and 24 (p.19) have been changed to the following: dotted eighth-note, sixteenth-note tied to an eighth note, eighth note. (Updated 3 December 2019)

Page 6
Reggae Island - Bar 7 (p.22) has been updated to address missing tablature. See file: RSK051204_Guitar_G3_p22_19Feb2013.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 19 February 2013)
How do I download the updated audio?

Learn more about the Guitar Grade 3 syllabus