Grade 5

At Grade 5, you can learn about vibrato and playing octaves. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 4 Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the downloadable syllabus.


Grade 5 Guitar song list

The Grade 5 Guitar songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

An alternative song for Guitar Grade 5 is available now - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys

Grade 5 Guitar demo tutorial

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How to play octaves in the Green Day song

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Playing the theme using the CAGED system

Session skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.


You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.


You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.

Songs:  Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Molly's Chambers, Money, The One I Love, Parisienne Walkways, The Raggle Taggle Gypsies






2015-17 SYLLABUS