The Guitar Ninja Grading System

Become a real Ninja at the guitar by grading through our coloured strap system!

Based on the Japanese grading systems of coloured belts, you can see clear progression as you progress through the coloured guitar straps and become a black strap on the guitar!

The colours are ordered as follows:

  • Grey  (Ungraded – No experience with guitar whatsoever)
  • White Strap
  • Yellow Strap
  • Orange Strap
  • Green Strap
  • Blue Strap
  • Purple Strap
  • Brown Strap
  • Black Strap

And yes there is still plenty of learning and developing to be done after the black strap!

Though there are courses on The Guitar Ninja Academy that allow you to complete the straps in theory. The official Guitar Ninja straps require an actual grading to be completed with a trained Sensei. If you feel you are ready for grading, please contact us at lessons@theguitarninja.co.uk to arrange a video call grading.

Please note that during a free trial of our app any subscription related grading discount is not applicable. You can claim any grading discount from your specific plan once the trial has ended.


Each Grade Explained

Grey strap

Guitar Grading - Grey Belt

Grey is an automatic grade you have when you first consider learning to play the guitar. This doesn’t have an official strap but shows that you have joined the world of The Guitar Ninja.

White Strap

Guitar Grading - White Strap
Guitar Grading - White Strap Pack

White strap signifies that you have learned the basics to a level when you can play some single notes with clarity and precision. You know some of the basic parts and have proven an interest in learning and developing your skills.

Click here to visit the White Strap Course

Yellow Strap

Guitar Grading - Yellow Strap
Guitar Grading - Yellow Strap Pack

Yellow strap signifies that you have taken your learning to the next stage and started to cover 2 note chords, full songs, basic timing and a deeper understanding of the guitar and music.

Click here to visit the Yellow Strap Course

Orange Strap

Guitar Grading - Orange Strap
Guitar Grading - Orange Strap Pack

Orange strap signifies that you have taken your 2 note chords to the level of completing songs with them, grown a deeper understanding of music theory and are ready to take on the next step.

Click here to visit the Orange Strap Course

Green Strap

Guitar Grading - Green Strap
Guitar Grading - Green Strap Pack

Green strap signifies that you have taken on full regular chords covering 4, 5, and 6 strings and can apply these to a full song. Your understanding of music and the guitar is to a level you could play rhythm guitar in a band or to accompany your own singing. You have also learned the basics to writing and improvising your own music.

Click here to visit the Green Strap Course

Blue Strap

Guitar Grading - Blue Strap
Guitar Grading - Blue Strap Pack

Blue strap signifies that you can now perform all basic lead techniques and have started to make progress into the intermediate lead techniques. Able to recognise different keys of music and play a wider style of music. You are now over half way to the black strap!

Blue Strap Course coming soon!

Purple Strap

Guitar Grading - Purple Strap
Guitar Grading - Purple Strap Pack

Purple strap signifies that you are now ready to perform live on stage. You have progressed your playing confidence to look away from the guitar, interact with an audience and move around the stage while playing. 

Purple Strap Course coming soon!

Brown Strap

Guitar Grading - Brown Strap
Guitar Grading - Brown Strap Pack

Our brown strap signifies that you are able to write your own music, have a great rounded knowledge of music, you’re able to play a guitar solo and can master all intermediate lead techniques

Brown Strap Course coming soon!

Black Strap

Guitar Grading - Black Strap
Guitar Grading - Black Strap Pack

Black strap signifies that you can write both happy and sad sounding songs, perform solos, understand a range of music theory and have a good grasp of a wide range of playing techniques and songs. It signifies that you have learned all the basics required to now specialise in the area of music you want to focus on. This is not the end of the journey, but you have passed the initial training, and the journey to guitar mastery can now begin!

Black Strap Course coming soon!

Click here to see what courses are available right now!

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