Rockschool Classics Guitar Grade 5

The Rockschool Classics Guitar Grade 5 book presents eight of the world's best rock tunes. From Lynyrd Skynyrd to Velvet Revolver, learn all the technique you'll need to play them in your Guitar Grade 5 exam, using the supplied audio, backing tracks and Fact Files.

Key Features at Grade 5

  • Natural harmonics, playing over changes
  • Major and natural minor scales, 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

Purchase Options

The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. 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.

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

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Guitar Grade 5 features:

  • Eight iconic rock tracks
  • Standard Guitar Notation
  • Choose three pieces from Rockschool Classics to play in your Grade Exam or five to play in you Performance Certificate
  • Fact Files: band and artist background info, with recommended listening
  • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
  • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online

Rockschool Classics Guitar Grade 5 repertoire:

  • Joe Satriani - "Surfing With The Alien"
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"
  • Steve Vai - "The Crying Machine"
  • Velvet Revolver - "Fall To Pieces"
  • Foo Fighters - "The Pretender"
  • Kings Of Leon - "Radioactive"
  • Metallica - "Sad But True"
  • AC/DC - "Back In Black"
Media Sheet Music, Downloads
Arrangement Guitar (GTR)
Catalogue # RSK200073
ISBN 978-1-78936-009-7

There is no errata for this book.


Pages 27-32
Radioactive - The closing repeat mark at the end of bar 35 (p.31) has been removed. (Updated 29 April 2016)
Pages 33-38
Sad But True - The last beat of bar 4 (p.34) has been updated to match the audio. The palm mute at the start of bar 19 (p.35) has been shortened and no longer includes the powerchords in beat 2. In Bar 27 beat 1 (p.36) a slide into the A natural note has been added. See file: RSK041405R_RockschoolClassics_Guitar_G5_p34_29Apr2016.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 29 April 2016)
How do I download the updated audio?