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The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) has announced new formal qualifications for would-be Bob Dylans and K.T. Tunstalls with the launch of the first graded exams for acoustic guitarists. Although graded exams for classical and electric guitar have been available for some years, up until now there have been no specialist qualifications available for acoustic guitar players anywhere in the world.

The exams have been developed by the RGT (the UK’s only specialist guitar education examination body) whose Board of Patrons includes Gordon Giltrap, one of the UK’s most respected acoustic guitar players, alongside other popular music grandees such as Sir Paul McCartney, Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.

The focus of these exams is on practical making-music and includes music from a wide range of popular styles including folk, pop, blues, rock and country. There are two entry-level examinations designed specifically for children and beginners, whilst the higher grades aim to help candidates develop their own musical personality.

RGT Director Tony Skinner says: “Acoustic guitar is one of the most popular instruments taught in schools and many rock and pop bands now prominently feature acoustic guitar. These exams are the first formal recognition of the talents of acoustic guitar players and provide acoustic guitarist students with a structured course to follow.”

The exams are certificated by London College of Music Exams and Thames Valley University and have been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and placed on the National Qualifications Framework. The higher grades also attract UCAS points for university entrance.

The exams will be available from June 2008. A free Exam Information Booklet, detailing the requirements for every grade, is available online at www.RGT.org.uk.
For more information contact RGT on 01424 222222


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1. RGT Patron Sir Paul McCartney playing acoustic guitar.
2. RGT Director, Tony Skinner.
3. Exam Information Booklet cover scan

NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) was founded in 1992 and is now the world’s largest organisation of guitar teachers. For the past 15 years RGT has provided accredited examinations in electric guitar, bass guitar, classical guitar and popular music theory. Examinations take place throughout all regions of the UK, as well as in Europe, N. America, Australasia and the Far East.

Direct contacts:
Tony Skinner 01424 222222
Tony@RegistryOfGuitarTutors.com

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