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Welcome To Guitar Grade 8


Welcome to the Rockschool Guitar Grade 8 pack. The book and CD contain everything needed to play guitar in this grade. In the book you will find the exam scores in both standard guitar notation and TAB. The accompanying CD has full stereo mixes of each tune, backing tracks to play along with for practice, tuning notes and spoken two bar count-ins to each piece. Handy tips on playing the pieces and the marking schemes can be found in the Gurus Guide on page 30. If you have an queries about this or any other Rockschool exam, please call us on 020 8332 6303, email us at info@rockschool.co.uk or visit our website http://www.rockschool.co.uk. Good luck!

Level 3 Requirements for Grades 6, 7 & 8


The nine Rockschool grades are divided into four levels. These levels correspond to the levels of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Further details about the NQF can be found at http://www.qca.org.uk/NQF. Details of all Rockschools accredited qualifications can be found at http://www.qca.org.uk/openquals. Guitar Grade 8 is part of Level 3. This Level is for those of you who wish to stretch and refine all aspects of your playing at an advanced level of technique and musical expression. Grade 6: in this grade you are developing the confidence of the advanced player across the range of physical and expressive techniques. You will start experimenting with a range of techniques across a number of musical styles. There is a greater emphasis on personal expression and you will display your own musical personality through ad libbing and soloing. Grade 7: in this grade you are now confident in your abilities across the range of physical and expressive techniques. You will be experimenting with a range of these techniques across a number of styles. You will also be comfortable with a range of rhythms and time signatures other than common time. Your solos will be musically expressive and you will have the confidence to apply modal ideas in a number of soloing contexts. Grade 8: you will play effortlessly with a wide range of physical and expressive techniques at your command. You will be able to use these at will across a range of styles and musical contexts. You will be comfortable playing pieces employing a number of different time signatures (including changes from bar to bar) and you will display mastery of a number of musical styles. Your solos will be highly musical and employ techniques across the range. You will also be highly sensitive to all aspects of musical presentation.

Guitar Exams at Grade 8


There are three types of exam that can be taken using this pack: a Grade Exam, a Performance Certificate and a Band Exam. Guitar Grade 8 Exam: this is for players who want to develop performance and technical skills Players wishing to enter for a Guitar Grade 8 exam need to prepare three pieces of which one may be a free choice piece chosen from outside the printed repertoire. In addition you must prepare the technical exercises in the book, undertake either a sight reading test of an improvisation & interpretation test, take an ear test and answer general musicianship questions. Samples of these tests are printed in the book along with audio examples on the CD. Guitar Grade 8 Performance Certificate: this is for players who want to focus on performing in a range of styles To enter for your Guitar Grade 8 Performance Certificate you play pieces only. You can choose any five of the six tunes printed in this book, or you can choose to bring in up to two free choice pieces as long as they meet the standards set out by Rockschool. Free choice piece checklists for all grades can be found on the Rockschool website: www.rockschool.co.uk. Level 3 Band Exam in Guitar, Bass and Drums: this is for players who want to play in a band Guitar Grade 8 The Level 3 band exam is for all of you who would like to play the repertoire at Grade 8 as a three piece band, consisting of guitar, bass and drums. You play together in the exam, using the parts printed in the Grade 8 Guitar, Bass and Drum books. Like the Guitar Grade 8 Performance Certificate, you play any five of the six printed tunes, or you can include up to two free choice pieces as long as they meet the standards set out by Rockschool. If you take this exam you will be marked as a unit with each player expected to contribute equally to the overall performance of each piece played.

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Guitar Grade 8

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Bonzo

Tracks 2 & 9

Noam Lederman & James Creed

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Guitar Grade 8

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7 7 7 7 7 5 5 7

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5 7 6 5

T A B

7 6 5

7 6 5

5 7 6 5

7 7 6 5 6

5 7 6 7 5

7 5 4 4

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Guitar Grade 8

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T A B
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2 5 7 7 6 5 6

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5 7 6 7 5

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7 5 4 4

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7 7 9 9 5 5 6

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7 7 7 9 10

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7 5

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Bass Solo

# & # 4 .. 4 P 1 only . T A . B
j # #
8 6

Half tempo feel - Straight 8s Bm7

Guitar Grade 8

Sparse chordal accompaniment

Gmaj 7

Em7

.. . .

F # 7alt

Play 4 times

9 7

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Guitar Solo

# & # .. f . T A . B
Bm7

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1. 2. 3. Em7

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10 9 8 9

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T A B

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Guitar Grade 8

## 3 & 4

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n #

.. n .. n

N.C.

j #

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Whatever Happened To Jazz?

Tracks 6 & 13

Deirdre Cartwright

b & b b b 15 8 . . p light
PM

q = 98

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T A B

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6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 8 6 6 8 8

8 6

T A B

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PM

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8 10 9 10 9 10 9 11 8 10 9 10 9
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8 9 9 8 7 6 6 8 10 9 10 9 10 9 11 8 10 9 10 9 11

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Guitar Grade 8

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# Db7 9

T A B

12

9 9

12

12

12 9

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T A B

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14 14 13

. > b > . . 4 6 4 4
14 11 11 11 14 11 11 11 11 14 11 11 14 14 13 14 14 13 14 11

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b 6 & b bb 4
T A B


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7


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b
9 8

b n b n
6 9 8 7 6 5 6 7 8 6

To Coda

4 4

1 & 2 Half time feel

b & b b b 4 .. 4
T A B

Guitar Solo Eb9

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T A B

bbbb

Db9

Play 4 times

.. 15 8 . .

T A B
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Guitar Grade 8

b & b b b 15 8

# Bb7 9

D.%. al Coda bbbb 4 & 4

T A B

Coda Eb9 bbb 4 &b 4


T A B

Ad lib.

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6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6

Drum Solo

b & b b b .. . r r r b n b . r
N.C.

1.

T A B

. .

r r
4 4

j j . .. . .

# Db7 9

4 4

5 6 5

4 3 4 3

4 4 4

Guitar Grade 8

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T A B

bbbb

2.

r
4 4 4

r r
4 4

j j . O

# Db7 9

D.C. al Fine

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Technical Exercises

Track 14

In this section, the examiner will ask you to play a selection of exercises drawn from each of the three groups shown below. Groups A and B contain examples of the kinds of scales/modes and arpeggios you can use when playing the pieces. Group C contains a chord study. In Group D you will be asked to prepare the exercise shown and play it to the backing track on the CD. You do not need to memorise the exercises (and can use the book in the exam) but the examiner will be looking for the speed of your response. The examiner will also give credit for the level of your musicality. Groups A and B should be prepared in the following keys: chromatically from GB. Each exercise begins on the 6th string. The modes should be played as three consecutive scales: either as ionian/dorian/phrygian or as lydian/mixolydian/aeolian. Groups A and B should be played at q =80. The examiner will give you this tempo in the exam.

Group A: Scales & Modes


1. Ionian mode. G Ionian mode shown.

&
T A B


3 5 7 3 5 7 4 5 7 4 5 7 5 7 8 7 5 7 5 4 7 5 4 7 5 3 7 5 3

2. Dorian mode. A Dorian mode shown.

&
T A B


5 7 8 5 7 9 5 7 9 5 7 9 7 8 10 8 7 9 7 5 9 7 5 9 7 5 8 7 5

3. Phrygian mode. B phrygian mode shown.

&
T A B


7 8 10 7 9 10 7 9 10 7 9 7 8 10 7 10 8 7 9 7 10 9 7 10 9 7 10 8 7

4. Lydian mode. C lydian scale shown.

&
T A B


8 10 7 9 10 7 9 10 7 9 7 8 10 7 8 7 10 8 7 9 7 10 9 7 10 9 7 10 8

5. Mixolydian mode. D mixolydian scale shown. Guitar Grade 8

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T A B


12 14 10 12 14 10 12 14 11 12 14 12 13 15 13 12 14 12 11 14 12 10 14 12 10 14 12 10

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6. Aeolian mode. E aeolian mode shown.

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T A B


14 15 12 14 15 12 14 16 12 14 16 13 15 17 15 13 16 14 12 16 14 12 15 14 12 15 14 12

12

Group B: Arpeggios
# # 1. Dominant 7 5 arpeggios. G dominant 7 5 arpeggio shown.

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6

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3

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4

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6

b b 2. Dominant 7 5 arpeggios. A dominant 7 5 arpeggio shown

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Guitar Grade 8

Group C: Chords
In the exam you will be asked to play one of the chord sequences shown below. 1. Sequence 1. Prepare in the keys GB
# Am7 5 b D7 5 # D7 5

# # &
T A B
6 5 5 5

b
7 5 6 5

# #
6 7 5 8 5


3 3 4 5 5 3

2. Sequence 2. Prepare in the keys CE

& #
T A B
6 5 8 5

# Dm7 5

b G7 5

b
2 4 3 3

# G7 5

#
4 4 3 3


5 5 5 3

Group D: Sweep picking study


In the exam you will be asked to play the following sweep picking study to the backing track on the CD

## 4 D & 4
6 5 4 2 3 2 5


6 5 2 3 2 4 5

Em


6 5 3 7 5 4


6 7 3 5 4 5

T A B

10

10

12

12

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6 6 7 5 9 14


6 14 9 5 7 6 7 9


6 8 7 10 15 9 7


6 15 10 7 8 7 9 10

T A B

10

# & #
A
6


6 17 12 9 10 9

Bm


6 12 11 12 10 14 19


6 19 14 10 12 11 12 14

T A B

b C #m7 5

12

11

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Quick Study Piece

Tracks 15 & 16

At this grade you will be asked to prepare a short Quick Study Piece (QSP) which will be given for you to prepare with audio 20 minutes before entering the exam room. You should be prepared to play a QSP in any of the following styles: blues, rock, funk or jazz. The QSP is in the form of a lead sheet and it is up to you to create your own interpretation of the music, particularly where you have to compose and perform your own part. You will then perform the piece to a backing track in the exam. The QSP will be in standard notation and TAB and you are required to master your version of the piece within the time given. Printed below is an example of the type of QSP you are likely to receive in the exam. The CD contains an idealised version and a backing track.
9 . . D # . & 4 .. J 4 f Improvise solo on repeat . 10 8 7 8 7 9 7 9 T A 7 . B q =100

Funk

Am7

Am7

9 . . D . J J 10 8 7 8 7 7

T A B

Am7 E7 9 Em7 # n & J Bm7


12 10 8 10 8 7 8 10 8 7 9 7 10 9 7 9 10 7 9 10 9 9 9 9 9

.. . .

&
T A B

F Improvise chord rhythms


C Bm7

Bm7

Am7

Bm7

Am7

&
T A B

Am7


Am7

Em7

T A B

9 . . D # . & J f

Am7

9 . . D . J J 10 8 7 8 7 7

10

7 8

7 7 7

Improvise melodic ending

T A B

12 10 8 10

8 7

8 10

10

10

10

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Guitar Grade 8

Em Am Em Am 3 # n J & | Bm7

Ear Tests

Track 17

There are two ear tests in this grade. The examiner will play each test to you twice on CD. You will find one example of each type of test you will be given in the exam printed below.

Test 1: Melodic Recall


You will be asked to play back on your guitar a melody of not more than four bars composed from either the G, A or B dorian or mixolydian modes. The test may include hammer-ons, pull-offs, vibrato, slides and bends with vibrato. You will be given the tonic note and you will hear the test twice with a drum backing. There will be a short break for you to practice the test and then the test will recommence and you will be asked to play the melody with the drum backing. This test is continuous

&
T A B

# w
5

J
5 5 5 5 5 7 8

~~~~~ . J
7

~~~~~

. J J
7 8 10

. J
5 5 5 5 8 7 5

~~~~~~~ 3
7 5

~~~~~~~

Test 2: Chord and Rhythm Recall


You will be asked to play back a four bar rhythmic chord progression on your guitar. You will be told the tonic chord and hear the rhythmic chord progression played twice with a drum backing. There will then be a short break for you to practice and then the test will recommence. You will be required to play the rhythmic chord progression with the drum backing. This test is continuous. .

# 4 Am & 4

# D7 5

b D7 5

Bm

Em

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General Musicianship Questions


You will be asked five General Musicianship Questions at the end of the exam. The examiner will ask questions based on a pieces or pieces you have played in the exam. Some of the theoretical topics can be found in the Technical Exercises..

Topics:
i) ii) iii) Music theory Knowledge of your instrument History and styles

The music theory questions will cover the following topics at this grade: Any and all music signs as displayed on the staff b b Knowledge of the construction of minor 7 5 and minor 7 5 any key Knowledge of the construction of the ionian, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian and Aeolian modes The instrument knowledge questions will cover the following topics at this grade: All aspects of guitar construction Recognition of main guitar makes Recognition of main guitar amplifiers Use of appropriate tone and volume controls for different styles The history and styles questions will cover the following topics: Instrument types associated with famous players Styles associated with famous players History of style development Impact of famous players on playing styles Questions on all these topics will be based on pieces played by you in the exam. Tips on how to approach this part of the exams can be found in the Rockschool Companion Guide and on the Rockschool website: www.rockschool.co.uk.

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Guitar Grade 8

The Gurus Guide To Guitar Grade 8


This section contains some handy hints compiled by Rockschools Guitar Guru to help you get the most out of the performance pieces. Do feel free to adapt the tunes to suit your playing style. Remember, these tunes are your chance to show your musical imagination and personality. The TAB fingerings are suggestions only. Feel free to use different neck positions as they suit you. Please also note that any solos featured in the full mixes are not meant to be indicative of the standard required for the grade.

Guitar Grade 8 Tunes


Rockschool tunes help you play the hit tunes you enjoy. The pieces have been written by top pop and rock composers and players according to style specifications drawn up by Rockschool. The tunes printed here fall into two categories. The first category can be called the contemporary mainstream and features current styles in todays charts. The second category of pieces consists of roots styles, those classic grooves and genres which influence every generation of performers.
CD full mix track 1, backing track 8: 667

This metal track combines driving hard rock with some of the new classical ideas of players such as Yngwie Malmstein. The piece is divided into three main sections. The first features the double-stopped riff, lightening sixteenth note runs and triplet rhythms. The second section is freer and is based around the guitar and bass solos before the riff restatement. The final part is the almost baroque closing section played slower and in 3/4 time. Not for the faint-hearted. Composer: Hussein Boon.
CD full mix track 2, backing track 9: Bonzo

John Bonham was the rhythmic powerhouse of Led Zeppelin and this track is based on a number of their tunes, notably Rock and Roll from the celebrated runes album. This is played at quite a pace and features many of Jimi Pages trademark blues licks. The performance will require stamina, technical ability, inventiveness and sensitivity to the other parts, so think about ways in which you can accompany the bass solo and how to give the part musical colour through the use of dynamics. Composers: Noam Lederman & James Creed.
CD full mix track 4, backing track 11: Sampa Samba

The key to this Latin inspired song is atmosphere. The guitar part is rhythmically and dynamically subtle and should be played with a high degree of restraint as well as with a clear tone: you should think about picking the opening chords with your fingers before moving to the plectrum. The piece will test your knowledge of chord extensions and the solo will tax your inventiveness around the changes given here. Composers: Kung Fu Drummer, Kita Steuer & Kiko Perrone.
CD full mix track 3, backing track 10: Fusion

This is a piece dominated by the driving funk bass part that underlies it: the role of the guitar is to play rhythmic accompaniment and to provide a subtle counterpointing melodic line, played for the most part as sixteenth note runs. This piece calls for mastery of rhythmically complex octave based chords and for a command of the dynamic range. Composer: Jason Woolley. Guitar Grade 8

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CD full mix track 5, backing track 12: Some You Win

A laid back jazz fusion piece that requires complete technical command to be in any way convincing. This song is rhythmically complex and features all manner of expressive techniques such as slides, ghost notes and accents to give it musical colour. The melody is provided mostly in the form of chord movements and this piece could be played entirely with the fingers of the picking hand rather than a plectrum. The solo section gives you the opportunity to introduce a change of mood as well as a chance to demonstrate your chops. Composer: Kit Morgan.
CD full mix track 6, backing track 13: Whatever Happened To Jazz?

This modern jazz piece needs to be played with absolute control in order to be effective. This song is structurally and rhythmically complex, consisting of shifting time patterns, 15/18, 7/4 and 6/4, with some 4/4 sections interspersed, while much of the detail of the song is coloured by the impressionistic melodic line which gives part of the piece a dream-like quality in places. Composer: Deirdre Cartwright.
CD Musicians:

Guitars: Deirdre Cartwright; John Parricelli; Hussein Boon; Keith Airey; Kit Morgan Bass: Henry Thomas Drums: Noam Lederman Keyboards and programming: Alastair Gavin

Guitar Grade 8 Marking Schemes


The table below shows the marking scheme for the Guitar Grade 8 exam. ELEMENT Piece 1 Piece 2 Piece 3 Technical Exercises Quick Study Piece Ear Tests General Musicianship Questions Total Marks PASS 13 out of 20 13 out of 20 13 out of 20 6 out of 10 11 out of 15 6 out of 10 3 out of 5 Pass: 65%+ MERIT 15 out of 20 15 out of 20 15 out of 20 7 out of 10 12 out of 15 7 out of 10 4 out of 5 Merit: 75%+ DISTINCTION 17+ out of 20 17+ out of 20 17+ out of 20 8+ out of 10 13+ out of 15 8+ out of 10 5 out of 5 Distinction: 85%+

The table below shows the markings scheme for the Guitar Grade 8 Performance Certificate and the Level 3 Band Exam. ELEMENT Piece 1 Piece 2 Piece 3 Piece 4 Piece 5 Total Marks PASS 14 out of 20 14 out of 20 14 out of 20 14 out of 20 14 out of 20 Pass: 70%+ MERIT 16 out of 20 16 out of 20 16 out of 20 16 out of 20 16 out of 20 Merit: 80%+ DISTINCTION 18+ out of 20 18+ out of 20 18+ out of 20 18+ out of 20 18+ out of 20 Distinction: 90%+ Guitar Grade 8

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Entering Rockschool Exams


Entering a Rockschool exam is easy. Please read through these instructions carefully before filling in the exam entry form. Information on current exam fees can be obtained from Rock School by ringing 020 8332 6303 You should enter for a Grade 8 exam when you feel ready. You can enter for any one of three examination periods. These are shown below with their closing dates. PERIOD Period A Period B Period C DURATION 1 February to 31 March
st st

CLOSING DATE 1st December 1st April 1st October

15th May to 31st July 23rd October to 15th December

These dates will apply from 1st January 2007 until further notice Please complete the form giving the information required. Please tick the type and level of exam, the instrument, along with the period and year. Finally, fill in the fee box with the appropriate amount. You can obtain up to date information on all Rockschool exam fees from the website: www.rockschool.co.uk. You should send this form with a cheque or postal order (payable to Rockschool Ltd) to the address shown on the order form. Please also indicate on the form whether or not you would like to receive notification via email. When you enter an exam you will receive from Rockschool an acknowledgement letter or email containing your exam entry number along with a copy of our exam regulations. Rockschool will allocate your entry to a centre and you will receive notification of the exam, showing a date, location and time as well as advice of what to bring to the centre. We endeavour to give you four weeks notice of your exam. You should inform Rockschool of any cancellations or alterations to the schedule as soon as you can as it is usually not possible to transfer entries from one centre, or one period, to another without the payment of an additional fee. Please bring your music book and CD to the exam. You may not use photocopied music, nor the music used by someone else in another exam. The examiner will sign each book at the start of each examination. You may be barred from taking an exam if you use someone elses music. You should aim to arrive for your Guitar Grade 8 exam thirty minutes before the time stated on the schedule. The exam centre will have a waiting area and warm-up facilities which you may use prior to being called into the main exam room. Each Guitar Grade 8 exam is scheduled to last for 30 minutes. You can use a small proportion of this time to tune up and get ready. About 2 to 3 weeks after the exam you will receive a copy of the examiners mark sheet. Every successful player will receive a Rockschool certificate of achievement.

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