#1
I've never quite taken formal classes or exams before, but I would like to know what would the standards for a Grade 1 till Grade 8 guitar student be. Can anyone share some information? It would really help self taught guitarists like me. Thank you.
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#2
It depends on the exam board and whether you play acoustic, electric or classical. I would check out the RGT website to get some idea. There is also 'rockschool' which I've heard is more performance based.

And for classical guitar, ABRSM.
#3
get a guitar teacher! they'll be able to judge where you are in about a lesson, and it'd be much easier than trying to do it yourself (and also doing it yourself you might make a mistake, the teacher shouldn't). if it's just for yourself, you could do it yourself, bit if it's for anything to do with applying to a college etc, it'd recommend a teacher to look at you just to be on the safe side.
#4
It really depends on whose grade levels you're measuring yourself against.

Royal Conservatory and RockSchool will be worlds apart.

I know the Royal Conservatory of Music publishes a syllabus every couple of years or so, listing grade levels and a list of recommended pieces for each grade level for the exams. If you can play three pieces quite well at a certain grade level, you could pretty well judge yourself.

Here's a nice grade 8 piece, for instance. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iiVw9KSlb4

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#6
Quote by Freepower
http://www.rgt.org/downloads/exams/ElectricGuitarBooklet2006-web.pdf

Take a look. In my personal experience people vastly overestimate what grade they should be in. >.>


If I had to take those tests right now, I think I'd be somewhere between grade 5 and 6. I could figure out the rest of the requirements, but I'm guessing I'd be pushing the time requirements figuring out certain appeggios etc.
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#7
Quote by Freepower
http://www.rgt.org/downloads/exams/ElectricGuitarBooklet2006-web.pdf

Take a look. In my personal experience people vastly overestimate what grade they should be in. >.>

i'd be somwhere between 6 and 8, i think its funny that for grade 8 they want you to be able to play that chromatic scale but i'd think that'd be some grade 1 stuff.
#8
The hard thing is the level of proficiency required - it's easy enough to play all the chords when you've got a few seconds, but reading a chart with structural and dynamic marks and playing convincing rhythm guitar through them is hard.

I actually find the RGT charts far harder than real jazz charts, as they're much more specific about alterations (you never see "Ealt" on an RGT chart, it'll be "Em7b5b9") - and there's more stylistic direction as well. >.<