RGT Acoustic Guitar – Preliminary Stage – Lesson

Today, in this post, we will be taking a look at what you need to learn to pass your preliminary grade acoustic guitar exam. Once you have completed the preliminary grade, you will be ready to start taking grades 1-8.

To complete your initial stage acoustic guitar exam, you will need to know the following material:

1. Fingerboard Knowledge

Chords Required

  • C Major chord
  • G Major chord
  • D Major chord
  • Em chord
  • Am chord
  • Dm chord

Scales Required

  • C Major scale – ascending & descending
  • G Major scale – ascending & descending


 2. Performance

  • One Rhythm Playing Study, chosen from the three Rhythm Playing Studies contained in the examination handbook.
  • Two melodies from this list:
    • When The Saints Go Marching In
    • On Top Of Old Smokie
    • Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
    • Kumbaya

If preferred, one melody can be a ‘free choice’ by the candidate of any other well-known melody from 1960 onwards – providing it is of at least similar technical standard and duration to the melodies within the examination handbook. (Candidates should bring copies of the notation of any free choice melodies to the examination for the examiner to view.) Melodies can be played with a pick or using fingers, as preferred by the candidate.


 Fingerboard Knowledge

 E minor Chord

05 - Em Chord 05 - Em Photo


 A minor Chord

10 - Am - Chord 10 - Am - Photo


D minor Chord

DmDm Photo

x`C Major Chord

01 - C - Chord01 - C - Photo

D Major Chord

D Chord D Chord photo

 G Major Chord

08 - G - Chord 08 - G - Photo

Unlike this picture, try to make sure your fingers are close to the frets for a better sound.



C Major Scale
C Major Scale - 1 octave

G Major Scale
G Major Scale - 1 octave

Rhythm Section

D D D D strumming pattern



When the Saints Go Marching In

On Top Of Old Smokey

Michael Row The Boat Ashore


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