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TitleRSL Acoustic G1
Tags Pop Culture Test (Assessment) Musical Compositions Musicology
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Total Pages46
Table of Contents
                            Front Cover
Introductions & Information
	Acknowledgements
	Table of Contents
	Welcome to Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade 1
	Acoustic Guitar Notation Explained
Rockschool Grade Pieces
	Metallica	‘The Unforgiven’
	Christina Aguilera	‘Beautiful’
	Ray Charles	‘Stella By Starlight’
	The Beatles	‘Let It Be’
	Adele	‘Someone Like You’
	Tom Petty	‘Free Fallin’’
Technical Exercises
	Scales, Broken Chords & Chord Voicings
Supporting Tests
	Sight Reading
	Improvisation & Interpretation
	Ear Tests
	General Musicianship Questions
Additional Information
	Entering Rockschool Exams
	Marking Schemes
	Copyright Information
	Rockschool Digital Downloads
	Rockschool Popular Music Theory
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Performance pieces, technical exercises, supporting tests and in-depth
guidance for Rockschool examinations

Acoustic Guitar
Grade 1

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Let It Be | Technical Guidance

‘Let It Be’ is in the key of C major and uses C major (tonic) , F major (subdominant), G major (dominant) and A minor
(submediant). To help illustrate this, the diagram shows the seven diatonic chords of the C major scale.

The C major scale:

I II III IV V VI VII

C maj Dm Em F maj G maj Am B dim

C maj F maj G maj Am

The same four chords (I, IV, V and VIm) in a variety of keys will provide you with the tools to play thousands of songs
across a number of different styles and genres.

This arrangement contains chords and melodic passages. It has been designed to help develop rhythm and single note
playing. It is also a good exercise in playing in open position.

It is advisable to split the chords and melody into separate exercises to begin with, making sure the transition between the
chord changes is smooth. The F major barre chord will take a little time to get used to. It is important to practise it slowly
and making sure all the notes can be heard clearly.

When playing the melody, the main focus should be on picking the notes cleanly without any unwanted strings or string
noise being heard. If using a pick, it is advisable to try alternate picking (down and up strokes) to play the melody, trying to
make a clean contact with the strings. Once both parts are working, they can be pieced together.

Controlled and minimal movement from the left and right hands can help with technique and sound production.

As with any new piece of music, it is advisable to slow it down first and gradually work up to tempo focusing on
accuracy first.

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Adele ‘Someone Like You’

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‘Someone Like You’ was written by Adele in
collaboration with American songwriter Dan Wilson.
The song is featured in Adele’s 21 and is an epilogue
of sorts to the record’s lyrical content, based on the
breakup of a two year relationship Adele had with a
man, who shortly after their break up married and
settled down.

The song was critically acclaimed and had huge
international commercial success.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins was born in London
in 1988. She graduated from the BRIT School of
Art and Technology in 2006. Soon after she signed
to XL Recordings and had a meteoric rise to fame.
She released three records to date, 19, 21 and 25.
All three were record breaking successes. Adele
recorded the title track to the Bond film ‘Skyfall’. She
co-wrote it with producer Paul Epworth. The song
was a worldwide success and was awarded an Oscar.
Adele was awarded 10 Grammys and has sold over 50
million records to date.

She is an outspoken celebrity, holding feminist
views and defending her looks in an industry
obsessed with thin and objectified girls. Her lyrics are
personal and heartfelt and her songwriting ability has
been praised by the likes of Dave Grohl, Patti Labelle,
Celine Dion, Axl Rose, Slash, Stevie Nicks, Pharrell

Williams and Madonna, amongst many others. Her
influences are wide and include the Spice Girls, Dusty
Springfield, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Alabama
Shakes and Amy Winehouse.

SONG TITLE: SOMEONE LIKE YOU

ALBUM: ADELE

LABEL: XL RECORDINGS

GENRE: SOUL, POP

WRITTEN BY: ADELE AND

DAN WILSON

PRODUCER: ADELE AND

DAN WILSON

UK PEAK CHART: 1

Adele | Someone Like You

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