Orange Amplification has launched what it claims to be the world’s first accredited rock guitar exam system, in partnership with the music teaching team over at Online Music Exams.
This grading system is designed to be “practical, accessible and affordable,” the company said. There are three tiers of courses and exams, from foundation to advanced. Course fees are GBP 79.99 per level, while exam fees are GBP 80 each. The materials for the course, however, are free.
Under this system, you can progress at your own pace, whether you want to complete it in a few days or a couple of weeks. You decide when to take the exams, which involve playing set pieces, answering questions and taking a multiple-choice theory test—all via video. Professional examiners will then mark and grade the videos. And if you pass, congrats! You’ll get a digital Orange certificate to hang on your wall.
But seriously, if you’re worried that the only folks that’ll give you credit for it are your teenage cousins, Brent Hinds, Orange Amps, and yourself—don’t. This examination system has been accredited by the UK government’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Yes, it’s an official thing with a whole lot of people to acknowledge your (now certified) guitar divinity.
“This revolutionary new exam scheme, combined with Orange’s passion for both music and education offers more people than ever a pragmatic, comprehensive, inexpensive and user-friendly way to learn and develop their guitar playing,” Orange said in a statement.
For more information, check out orangeamps.com.