Performance is at the heart of Trinity’s Rock & Pop exams — whether self-taught or taking lessons, learning for fun or heading for a career in the music industry, these exams help musicians develop valuable playing skills and achieve their musical ambitions.
You can access everything you need to prepare for the performance part of the exam in our new graded songbooks. Our Rock & Pop books are available for Initial to Grade 8 and each includes eight songs with performance hints and tips. There’s also useful background information so you can explore the story behind, and techniques used in, the songs.
Rock & Pop Guitar exams help you develop essential skills and techniques including basic chords and positions, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and bends, while playing the music you love. Song lists include music from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, AC/DC, and Arcade Fire.
The exams are supported by a range of resources that provide essential support for learners:
graded songbooks containing all the songs needed for the exam, and performance tips and background information on the songs
demo and backing tracks for the songs in the books, as downloads or on CD
additional Trinity Rock & Pop arrangements suitable for use as own-choice songs, check here for the latest additions
20th Century Boy - T Rex
Baby Can I Hold You - Tracy Chapman
Hole In My Shoe - Traffic
Mountain At My Gates - Foals
Orange Crush - REM
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Nirvana
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak