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Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade 1

with RSL Awards

Get personal guitar lessons from London's foremost guitarists and RockSchool authors.

Learn iconic songs from Metallica, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Adele and Tom Petty.

Instrument Acoustic Guitar

For you get:

  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Learn from the artists who wrote the syllabus
  • Performance and analysis of all the pieces for this grade
  • Performance and fingering for all technical exercises
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee!
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41 lessons · 2h 28m

Welcome to Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade 1!

We've recorded these lessons with the original Rockschool authors and London's foremost guitarists - Andy G Jones, Carl Orr and James Betteridge - to help you master the songs from the 2016 Rockschool Acoustic Guitar syllabus.

James Barratt, an experienced rockschool teacher with a 100% student pass rate will drill you in the technical exercises, scales and arpeggios as well as the music theory relevant to this grade.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to play iconic songs from the likes Metallica, Christina Aguilera, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Adele and Tom Petty. You'll also Understand the theory behind the songs and be comfortable playing dozens of relevant new scales, chords and arpeggios. 

This course is ideal preparation for guitaritst who want to ace their Rock School Grade 1 Exam.

For guitarists not taking the exam, the syllabus is a perfect way to learn solo acoustic guitar arrangements of some of the most famous contemporary songs to perform live or for your own personal satisfaction and musical advancement.

This course is structured in two main parts: Performance pieces (songs) and Technical exercises

  • In part 1, Andy, Carl and James will walk you through the 5 songs below.
  • In part 2, James will help you practice the scales, broken chords, chord voicings that you'll need at this level.

This course is ideal for beginner guitarists, who want to learn a few iconic Rock and Pop songs as well as fundamental techniques needed become a skilled guitarist.

Pre-requisite: To learn the pieces you'll need the sheet music and tab from the official Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Book click here to get the book in digital format.

Lesson Plan

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Performance of Metallica - The Unforgiven (Carl Orr)

Performance of Christina Aguilera - Beautiful (Carl Orr)

Performance of Ray Charles - Stella By Starlight (Andy G Jones)

Performance of The Beatles - Let It Be (James Betteridge)

Performance of Adele - Someone Like You (Carl Orr)

Performance of Tom Petty - Free Falling (Andy G Jones)

Introduction to Grade 1 Technical Exercises with James Barratt

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Are you stuck with the course? Do you have a burning questions or want some feedback?

Get in touch and:

  • Ask a technical question
  • Request a custom video
  • Send a recording for feedback
  • Schedule a live video lesson

RSL Awards

RSL Awards (Rockschool) is the world's foremost awarding body for contemporary Arts. It is known for its groundbreaking approach to popular music education, with learning material for guitar, drums and piano perfeced over decades.

MusicGurus is proud to partner with Rockschool to deliver video guides and practise sheet music for their grade books. These products enhance the experience of learning with Rockschool and are taught by top pro musicians, many of whom play on original performances and backing tracks recently recorded at Abbey Road and Realworld studios.

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