Acoustic Guitar Performance Diplomas

RGT@LCM offers a series of fully-accredited post-Grade Eight Performance Diplomas that reflect the musical skills needed by contemporary acoustic guitarists. These are termed 'in performance' diplomas as they are predominantly repertoire based.

There are four levels of Acoustic Guitar Performance Diploma available:

  • Diploma Of The London College Of Music - DipLCM in Performance (Concert)
  • Associate Of The London College Of Music - ALCM in Performance (Concert)
  • Licentiate Of The London College Of Music - LLCM in Performance (Concert)
  • Fellowship Of The London College Of Music – FLCM in Performance (Concert)

Each diploma provides guitarists with the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised professional qualification and to develop their acoustic guitar playing skills to an advanced level. The Diplomas are awarded by London College of Music Exams and are accredited by the University of West London

The Information Booklet is available to view or download on the downloads page.

Download the Entry Form and Fee List (or the Euro version) to print out from the Exam Information Booklets and Syllabuses page.

Sample Pieces for the Acoustic Diplomas

This list of sample repertoire for the Acoustic Diplomas is provided to give a broad guide indicating the approximate standard expected for each Diploma level. There is no obligation to choose any of these pieces; any alternative pieces presenting a similar level of technical and musical challenge will be acceptable. Candidates are positively encouraged to source alternative pieces to those listed on the website in order to compile a programme that best suits their individual musical tastes and playing styles.

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that any pieces are of a technical standard that is appropriate for the Diploma level being undertaken. Candidates at this level are expected to take their own responsibility for this assessment by comparing their chosen pieces to those in the examples listed for each diploma level. Consequently, the candidate’s list of selected repertoire may not be submitted to RGT@LCM in advance for approval as an integral part of the diploma preparation is the research, knowledge and ability to select and compile a suitable programme for the chosen concert diploma level, plus it should be borne in mind that the standard of performance of any pieces can only be reliably assessed by examiners during the examination itself, not in advance.


  • Ritual Dance – Michael Hedges (from the album Taproot) 
  • Jump – Eric Roche (on YouTube)
  • Heard it Through the Grapevine - Max Milligan (from the album Homage)
  • Another Monday - John Renbourne (from the album Another Monday)
  • Vincent Black Lightning – Richard Thompson (from the album Rumour and Sigh)
  • Dance of the Yi People - Greg Herriges (on YouTube)
  • Ossian and Si Beag Si Mor from the book “Irish Music for Guitar by John Loesberg
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore from the book “Standards for Fingerstyle Guitar” by Davide Mastangelo. (performance by Lanza Tommaso on YouTube)
  • Tico Tico - Frank Vignola (on YouTube)


  • Acoustic Spirit – Peppino D’Agostino (on YouTube)
  • Angelina – Tommy Emmanuel (from the album Endless Road)
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Eric Roche (on YouTube)
  • When She Cries – Andy McKee (on YouTube)
  • Silence of a Candle – Ralph Towner (from the book Solo Guitar Works by Ralph Towner)
  • Nice Feeling – Pierre Bensusan (on YouTube)
  • Ocean – John Butler (on YouTube)
  • Clap – Steve Howe (on YouTube)


  • Cripple Creek – Leo Kottke (from the album Mudlark)
  • Drifting – Andy McKee (on YouTube)
  • Carolan’s Concerto from the book “Irish Music for Guitar by John Loesberg
  • Caminita - Ralph Towner (from the album Five Years Later)
  • Superstition – Adam Rafferty (on YouTube)
  • L’Alchimiste – Pierre Bensusan (onYouTube)
  • Struttin’ – Jerry Reed (on YouTube)
  • Wabash Cannonball – Doyle Dykes (on YouTube)
  • The Beauty of Discipline – Gareth Pearson (on YouTube)


  • Desert Pirate – Thomas Leeb (on YouTube)
  • Lucifer’s Cage – Gordon Giltrap (from the album Portrait)
  • Mevlana Etude – Ralph ~Towner (from the album Blue Sun)
  • Passion Flower – Jon Gomm (from the album The Domestic Science Singles Series)
  • Day Tripper/Lady Madonna – Tommy Emmanuel (on YouTube)
  • The Tall Fiddler – Tommy Emmanuel (from the album Endless Road)
  • Le Voyage Pour L’Irelande – Pierre Bensusan (on YouTube)
  • The Perc U Lator – Eric Roche (on YouTube)
  • Ladies Night – Preston Reed (on YouTube)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Edgar Cruz (on YouTube)
  • Africa – Andy McKee (on YouTube)
General Enquiries: 020 8231 2751 -
Membership Enquiries: 020 8231 2055 -

RGT@LCM, University of West London, St Mary's Road, London W5 5RF


Honorary Patrons

Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Hank Marvin, Ronnie Wood, Suzi Quatro, Carlos Bonell, Neil Murray, Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, John Illsley, Glenn Tilbrook, Dave Kelly

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