Acoustic Guitar Syllabus (2020–2023)

Our Acoustic Guitar syllabus reinvents the previous Plectrum Guitar exams recognizing the importance of the acoustic guitar in today’s music. We’ve kept the most popular plectrum guitar pieces but added a much wider range of styles. This ensures that guitarists develop the essential blend of fingerstyle and plectrum technique they need to play the music they know and love.

Acoustic Guitar Syllabus 2020–2023

Our 2020–2023 Acoustic Guitar syllabus contains full details of grade exams from Initial to Grade 8, and is valid from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023.

Download the Acoustic Guitar Syllabus (2020–2023)

Guitar Syllabus 2016–2019 and overlap arrangements

Our 2016–2019 Guitar syllabus contains full details of grade exams for Classical Guitar and Plectrum Guitar and is valid until 31 December 2019.

In response to the situation created by COVID-19, Trinity has extended the usual one year overlap between syllabuses during which time candidates may enter for exams using the Acoustic Guitar Syllabus 2020–2023 or the plectrum guitar section of the Guitar Syllabus 2016-2019, but not a mixture of both. This has now been extended to 31 July 2021.

Download the Guitar: Classical and Plectrum Syllabus (2016–2019)

Supporting publications

We offer a range of books to support teachers and learners in preparing for a guitar exam. To see our range of guitar publications, visit: