Drums Grade 5

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As you prepare for your grade exam, you'll need the supporting info in the Drums Grade 5 book for the lowdown on four-way coordination, Texas shuffle rhythm, and cross-stick technique.

What you'll learn at Grade 5

  • Snare drum techniques: cross stick, rim shot, Texas shuffle, four-way coordination
  • Single and double strokes, paradiddles, flams and ruffs, rolls, hands and feet patterns
  • Playback and performance skills

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Includes digital versions of the audio, notation and fact files.

  • Chuck E's In Love Track 1 of 11
  • Do Balanço Track 2 of 11
  • Don't Let Go Track 3 of 11
  • Geek Track 4 of 11
  • Hard To Handle Track 5 of 11
  • Hold The Line Track 6 of 11
  • Rollin' Track 7 of 11
  • Slam Dunk Funk Track 8 of 11
  • Smack Talk Track 9 of 11
  • Tiberius Track 10 of 11
  • Window Seat Track 11 of 11
  • Supporting Tests
  • List
    • 6 new arrangements of iconic rock, pop, and contemporary music tracks from classic and contemporary artists & 6 Rockschool Originals
    • The most diverse selection of contemporary music ever seen in a syllabus making the Grades accessible to everyone without precluding any musical tastes
    • Fact Files: band and artist background information with recommended listening
    • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
    • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online
    • All the essential music theory and technique you need to pass your exams
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  • music note
    • Jay-Z - 4:44
    • En Vogue - Don't Let Go
    • Erykah Badu - Window Seat
    • Otis Redding - Hard to Handle
    • Ricky Lee Jones - Chuck E's In Love
    • Toto - Hold the Line
    • 6 Rockschool Originals
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    Technical Exercises

    • Group A - Single and Double Strokes
    • Group B - Paradiddles
    • Group C - Flams and Ruffs
    • Group D - Rolls
    • Group E - Hand and Feet Patterns
    • Group F - Fill

    Unseen Tests

    • Sight Reading
    • Improvisation & Interpretation
    • Ear Tests (Test 1: Fill Playback and Recognition, Test 2: Groove Recall)
    • General Musicianship Questions
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    Page 63

    General Musicianship Questions In the section 'Music Knowledge', the bullet point 'Stylistic drum notation' has been updated as follows: "Stylistic drum notation (elements of notation which are indicative of the style of the piece)" (Updated 02 November 2023)

    Pages 5-8


    All references to rimshots have been removed from the walkthrough on page 8. (Updated 10 December 2020)

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    Learn more about the Drums Syllabus


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Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via www.musicroom.com. The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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