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Rockschool Launches Grades 4 & 5 Hot Rock Guitar Books

Rockschool’s best selling Hot Rock Guitar series has just been expanded with the launch of the new Grades 4 and 5 books. The acclaimed Hot Rock range brings you eight classic tracks in a variety of music genres giving you a choice of musical styles to play. The new books include songs from some of the most respected, best selling and famous bands on the planet and are an excellent tool for the ‘Free Choice Pieces’ in graded exams.

Each massive new book comes complete with edited exam versions of eight classic rock songs drawn from a range of musical styles. They include full transcriptions with vocal line, TAB and standard notation as well as facts about the track and further recommended listening. Also included are tips on the tricky parts of the songs, how to get authentic tone by getting the right amp settings and two CDs with full mixes and backing tracks. These books are perfect for the free choice element in Rockschool Grades Music Exams, GCSE music or simply playing for fun.

Hot Rock Guitar grade 4 features tracks from the critically acclaimed Razorlight, the highly respected Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy and multi award winning AC DC. Also included are tracks from two guitar giants, Eric Clapton and Joe Satriani, one of the UK’s most successful acts, Oasis and multi Grammy award winners, Metallica. Last but not least is a track from heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath.

The Grade 5 book contains an equally impressive varied track list. There is a song from the Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters, Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynryd, and super group Velvet Revolver. There is more from AC DC, Joe Satriani and Metallica, plus an introduction to guitar god Steve Vai and a chance to play a track by the chart topping Kings of Leon.

Each track is packed with everything you need for a Rockschool graded guitar exam; written by guitarists for guitarists. They are designed to help you improve and develop as a musician, full of great songs from different musical styles and genres – all the assistance you need to play the music you love.

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