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Rockschool Guitar Grade 8

with Rockschool

Learn Guitar with top professional guitarists and the Rockschool syllabus.

For this course we've assembled a team of London's top guitarists, who demonstrate and explain how to play Rockschool pieces like a pro.

Whether you want to ace your Rockschool exam or just become a fantastic guitarist, this is the course for you!

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For you get:

  • Performances and analyses of 6 pieces by a pro drummer
  • In-depth lessons on technical exercises, plus demonstrations of all requirements at Rockschool Debut
  • Slow-down and loop all videos without changing pitch
  • On-demand life-time access on any device 
  • Sheet music synced to performances
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Course Length
43 lessons · 3h 55m

Welcome to Rockschool Guitar Grade 8: The Pro Perspective

This innovative video course challenges you to be the best gutiarist and musician you can be, whatever your level. 

MusicGurus and Rockschool have assembled a team of top pro guitarists to provide unique lessons on 6 pieces written specifically for this grade, as well as give in-depth analysis of all the fundamental skills, and invaluable advice on sight reading, feel, developing authentic vocabularly, playing musically, practicing effectively and building your technique.

With the MusicGurus video player you can loop and slow-down all the performances and demonstrations, so this course will allow you to see exactly what the pros are doing. If you're a student taking a graded exam, this course is the ideal preparation. And if you're a teacher teaching Rockschool this course will provide all kinds of ideas to keep your lessons fresh and authentic. 

Sheet music and tab is included for all pieces. However, the course is most effective when paired with a Rockschool Grade Book which you can purchase here: https://www.rslawards.com/rockschool

Here is some information on the drummers you'll learn from. 

  • Stuart Ryan is an award winning musician, regarded as one of the UK’s finest acoustic/electric guitarists.
  • Rob Luft is an award-winning 24-year-old musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists.
  • Charlie Griffiths is adept at heavy metal, touring with his critically acclaimed progressive metal band, Haken. He's also written for Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over ten years.
  • Marcus Bonfanti is a blues and country guitarist, who's collaborated with legends such as Eric Clapton, Van Morisson, Ronnie Wood, Dave Gilmour, just to name a few.
  • James Barratt is a master technician and guitar educator - experienced examiner for Rockschool exam board and teacher at BIMM in Birmingham focusing on Essential Styles and Live Performance.

Lesson Plan

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Get personalised feedback or tuition from a pro guitarist

You can contact any of the guitarists from the course through the site, and request personalised lessons or feedback on your performance.


Rockschool are the world's foremost awarding body for contemporary Arts. They are known for their groundbreaking approach to popular music education, and have honed their learning material for guitar, drums and piano over more than 2 decades of innovation.

MusicGurus are proud to partner with Rockschool to produce tutorials based on their grade books. These courses enhance the experience of learning with Rockschool. They are taught by top pro musicians -  many of whom are the authors of the Rockschool.

See below for the details of our collaborations with Rockschool

Drum syllabus grades debut to 8

Join some of the U.K's top professional drummers for the 'pro perspective' on your Rockschool grade. 

Acoustic Guitar Syllabus grades 1-5

We're proud to bring you fun, easy-to-follow video courses for the 2016 Acoustic Guitar Syllabus. Whether you're taking your first steps on guitar or moving into further or higher education, a Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade will improve your playing ability, expand your technical proficiency and give you a solid grasp of music theory, whilst practising and performing to some of the most iconic tracks from the world of popular music.

The teachers are some of London's foremost Rock guitarists and the authors of the syllabus: Andy G Jones, Carl Orr, James Betteridge, James Barratt.

Andy G Jones has played with Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, James Ingram, Lamont Dozier, Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), The BBC Radio Big Band, Patti Austin, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Lalo Schifrin (Hollywood film composer Bullitt, Mission Impossible), Hank Marvin, Grady Tate, Agnetha from ABBA, Dudley Moore, Sarah Brightman, Petula Clark, Madelaine Bell, Smooth Jazz star Richard Smith, Chris Standring, Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, King of Comedy), Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell, Laurie Holloway and has toured with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since leaving Van Morrison, Andy has been in Cliff Richard’s band and played at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert which also featured Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He has just returned from Australia where he played on a live Cliff Richard DVD at the Sydney Opera House.

Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband and Bennie Maupin. He is a regular at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in his own band and as a member of drummer Mark Fletcher's supergroup "Fletch's Brew”. Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music, Brunel University, Middlesex University, London Centre Of Contemporary Music and The Academy of Contemporary Music. A prolific composer,Carl has recorded eight albums as a leader and is featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Fletch's Brew, Geoff Eales and Nathan Haines.

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