Drums Grade 6

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Drums Grade 6 earns you valuable UCAS points towards your university application; this book is your guide to the increasingly sophisticated theory and performance techniques you'll face in the grade exam.

What you'll learn at Grade 6

  • Time-signature changes, bass-drum doubles, polyrhythms, 6/8 trip hop groove
  • Single and double strokes, paradiddles, ratamacues, rolls, Stylistic Studies
  • Playback and performance skills

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  • Chameleon Track 1 of 12
  • Dutch Flowerz Track 2 of 12
  • Favela Track 3 of 12
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) Track 4 of 12
  • Mind Sweeper Track 5 of 12
  • Mohair Mountain Track 6 of 12
  • Pop It In The ToP Track 7 of 12
  • Rock The Bells Track 8 of 12
  • Space Future Track 9 of 12
  • Superstition Track 10 of 12
  • You Can Call Me Miguel Track 11 of 12
  • Ziggy Stardust Track 12 of 12
  • Supporting Tests
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    • 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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    • David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    • James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
    • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
    • Skream - Dutch Flowerz
    • LL Cool J - Rock The Bells
    • Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
    • 6 Rockschool Originals
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    Technical Exercises

    • Group A - Single and Double Strokes
    • Group B - Paradiddles
    • Group C - Ratamacues
    • Group D - Rolls
    • Group E - Stylistic Studies

    Unseen Tests

    • Quick Study Piece
    • Ear Tests (Test 1: Fill Playback and Recognition, Test 2: Groove Recall)
    • General Musicianship Questions
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    Page 77

    General Musicianship Questions

    The fourth question, on the use of drum voices, has had the following note added. "Note: if there is no solo section in the selected piece, the examiner will ask you to explain how you would approach constructing a solo in the context of the piece/style, using a combination of the following components: drum voices, rhythms OR techniques."

    Page 31–36


    Bars 26, 40 and 64:

    Beat 1 of each bar has been amended as follows: 8th-note kick > 16th note-snare > 16th note-kick (Updated 7 April 2021)

    Page 43–48

    Pop It In The Top

    Bar 48: kick drum notes added on beats 3& (second eighth-note of beat 3) and 4e (second 16th-note of beat 4). (Updated 7 April 2021)

    Page 11–14

    I Got You (I Feel Good)

    The cross stick snare in bars 26–29 (p.12) have been replaced with regular snare drum. (Updated 4 December 2019)

    Page 19–24

    Dutch Flowerz

    Page 22, bar 48, beat 4: The snare and crash cymbal have been moved to the 'and' of beat 4. The upper voice of beat 4 is now as follows: eighth-note rest, eighth-note snare+crash The lower voice of beat 4 is unaffected. (Updated 4 December 2019)

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

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

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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.

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