Grade 2

At Grade 2, you can learn about playing a riff and about up-strokes and down-strokes. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 1 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 syllabus.


Grade 2 Guitar song list

The Grade 2 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.

Alternative songs for Guitar Grade 2 are available now - Come As You Are by Nirvana, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and Teenage Icon by The Vaccines

Grade 2 Guitar demo video

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Using right-hand damping to play muted down-strokes and sounding up-strokes

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Playing the chords applying a staccato feel

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Playing a riff preventing open strings from ringing on

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:  2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway, I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Mean Jumper Blues, The Modern Age, Pretty Vacant, Rock Around The Clock


2015-17 SYLLABUS






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