If you’re a guitarist keen to improve your technique or take the first steps towards a career in the music industry, then Trinity’s Rock & Pop Guitar exams are for you. Our song lists include music by The Kinks, Kings of Leon, The Strokes and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Our exams and songbooks are ideal for all guitarists – whether you’re self-taught or taking lessons. We’ve designed the exams so they’re about performance and creativity, giving you the skills you’ll need as a rock and pop musician.

For each exam you’ll play three songs and perform one of the Session skills.


Video Demos

Watch our videos on the Guitar grade pages to see professional musicians playing some of the music and demonstrating the technical skills you’ll be working on for your exam.

Watch our guitar demo

Professional guitarist Tom Fleming plays music by Muse, Radiohead and Gary Moore from our guitar syllabus. He’s playing to backing tracks from the CDs in our Rock & Pop guitar songbooks.

Songbooks and downloads

We’ve produced a songbook for each grade. Each book is an invaluable resource - it includes six songs in both tab and staff notation, a CD with demo and backing tracks, performance notes and guidance on technical skills and Session skills.

And keep an eye on the website for more songs – we’ll be adding new tracks for each exam, available as downloads from our online store.


The music

As you progress through the grades you’ll explore great classic and contemporary rock and pop music. Our song lists will keep growing – new tracks will be available in our online store.

You decide the set list for your exam to show what you can do. As well as choosing two songs from our song list, you’ve got the option to play your own cover version of a song or a song that you’ve written.

This song may:
• be unaccompanied
• be played to a backing track (you can record this yourself)
• include your own vocals, performed live in the exam.


The Session skills

The Session skills - Improvising and Playback – develop the important skills that musicians need.





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