Rockschool electric guitar debut grade information and videos 2012-2018 9


The debut grade is an introduction to the Rockschool exam syllabus. The exam itself lasts for about 15 minutes. It is aimed at people who have been learning for a short period of time and have grasped the basic skills. These are:

  • reading the notation.
  • playing notes for the correct time values.
  • staying in control.
  • staying in sync with the backing track.

Scales

There are three scales to play at this grade. All are played at 70bpm, playing one note for every beat of the metronome.

C major scaleA minor pentatonic scale

E minor pentatonic scale

 

Chords

The are six open chords to learn for this grade. Each chord is to be strummed once in the exam as directed by the examiner.

A major chordD major chordC major chordG major chord

A minor chordE minor chord

Pieces

Below are videos of the pieces for the debut grade. You need to choose 3 to perform for the exam

Another Dime

In this YouTube online video lesson is the first piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is a classic rock piece in the style of bands like AC/DC and Thin Lizzy. It’s main focus is on power chords, quavers (eighth notes) and rests. Remember, plenty of attack is needed on the power chords and keep those rests nice and clean.

For the recording I used my 1979 Gibson Les paul Deluxe through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Another Dime was written by Alison Rayner. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

101

In this YouTube online video lesson is the second piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is an electronic piece based on groups like Hot Chip and Bloc Party. It’s main focus is on arpeggiated chords, single note melodies and open chords. Remember to fret your chords accurately and watch for the let ring marks. You need to keep your fingers down and not touch any open ringing strings.

For the recording I used my 2007 Fender HSS Strat through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

101 was written by Simon Troup. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Beat The Mersey

In this YouTube online video lesson is the third piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is a 60s pop piece based on bands like The Searchers and The Beatles. It’s main focus is on chords, strumming and crossing strings. Remember to keep your strumming hand relaxed and be careful when crossing strings.

For the recording I used my 2007 Fender HSS Strat through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Beat The Mersey was written by Joe Bennett. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Helicopter

In this YouTube online video lesson is the third piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is a 60s pop piece based on bands like The Searchers and The Beatles. It’s main focus is on chords, strumming and crossing strings. Remember to keep your strumming hand relaxed and be careful when crossing strings.

For the recording I used my 2007 Fender HSS Strat through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Helicopter was written by James Uings. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Cashville

In this YouTube online video lesson is the fifth piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is a country piece in the style of country artists such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. It’s main focus is on crossing strings, quavers (eighth notes) and changing chords. Remember to keep your strumming hand relaxed and be careful when crossing strings.

For the recording I used my 2007 Fender HSS Strat through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Cashville was written by Kit Morgan. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Spike

In this YouTube online video lesson is the final piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 debut grade electric guitar syllabus. This is an indie rock piece in the style of bands like The Strokes and Kings Of Leon. It’s main focus is on open chords, string crossing and melodic lead playing. Don’t go overboard with the distortion and pay attention to your pick when crossing strings

For the recording I used my 2007 Fender HSS Strat through a Boss ME-70 effects pedal straight into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Spike was written by Deirdre Cartwright. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.


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9 thoughts on “Rockschool electric guitar debut grade information and videos 2012-2018

  • garyallen49

    I have ordered the debut book from amazon and am looking forward to starting the course. I have been trying to self teach but don’t seem to be progressing and this course was recommended by a friend.

    • JaneGuitarQueen Post author

      Hi Gary, I do Skype lessons for Rockschool! I have had quite a few people pass exams that way if you’re interested. JGQ

  • garyallen49

    I have a query with regard to the E5 chord and the and the A5 chord. When playing the E5 chord do you strum the open low E string and fretted A string together. The same applies to the A5 chord do you strum the open A string and fretted D string together.

    • JaneGuitarQueen Post author

      Hi Gary, you do indeed strum the strings together as you have mentioned. The idea is to be as accurate as possible with your strumming and only hit the strings you need. It can take quite a bit of practice to not hit the open E string while playing the A5 chord! Just take your time. JGQ

      • garyallen49

        Hi Jane. Thanks very much for your reply. I have just purchased a Gibson Les Paul Special 2015 electric guitar and have tried the chords once on it and as you rightly point out it is very hard not to hit the open E string when playing the A5 chord. I also have a Tanglewood TW115e semi acoustic guitar. I take it the Rockschool course is more suited to the electric guitar. Gary

        • JaneGuitarQueen Post author

          Rockschool is designed for electric guitar. If you’re after a course for acoustic check out RGT’s acoustic syllabus. Search for RGT acoustic guitar in YouTube. There are plenty of videos! JGQ

          • garyallen49

            Hi Jane, I am happy enough to give priority to the electric and Rockschool. I am having a wrist operation shortly and will probably be playing electric after it. I will have a look at the RGT as well.

          • garyallen49

            Hi Jane

            Just a query with regard to the A minor pentatonic scale. I have seen on the internet the A minor pentatonic scale starting on the 5th fret, can you advise me as I am a bit confused.

  • garyallen49

    Hi Jane

    Just a query with regard to the A minor pentatonic scale. I have seen on the internet the A minor pentatonic scale starting on the 5th fret, can you advise me as I am a bit confused.