Although exams for classical and electric guitar have been available for some years, up until now there have been no specialist qualifications available for acoustic guitar players.
The exams give acoustic players of all levels the chance to display their talents, and get a recognised qualification at the same time.
The exams have been developed by the Registry of Guitar Tutors (the UK’s only specialist guitar education examination body) with advice from some of the country’s leading acoustic guitarists, including Gordon Giltrap, John Renbourn, Clive Carroll and Stuart Ryan.
The exams focus on practical music-making and reflect the range of skills needed by gigging acoustic guitarists, from strumming, fingerpicking and accompaniment to playing solo pieces.
You can even work towards the equivalent of a GCSE or A levels and get UCAS points for admission to higher education.
There are also two entry-level exams that are designed specifically for children and novice players.
The exams will be available from April 2008. Students can enter online at the RGT website (www.RGT.org.uk), where it’s also possible to download an Exam Information Booklet, which details all the requirements for every grade, free of charge.
For more information contact: RGT on 01424 222222 or visit www.RGT.org.uk