Piano Grade 5

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The essential syllabus for the aspiring, contemporary pianist. Piano Grade 5 will provide you with everything you need for your Grade 5 exam, including a diverse range of repertoire, a truly innovative range of supporting tests and a vast array of professionally recorded backing tracks and audio examples.

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

  • A Thousand Miles Track 1 of 6
  • Dangerous Track 2 of 6
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic Track 3 of 6
  • Life On Mars Track 4 of 6
  • Teardrop Track 5 of 6
  • You've Got A Friend In Me Track 6 of 6
  • Supporting Tests
  • List
    • Songs from Rock and Pop, Jazz, Blues and Soul, Film and Musical Theatre
    • Professional backing tracks for pieces and supporting tests
    • Downloadable audio
    • Fact files


    • Ear Tests
    • Technical Exercises
    • Sight Reading Examples
    • Improvisation and Interpretation Examples
    • General Musicianship Questions
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    • The Police - 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'
    • David Guetta feat. Sam Martin - 'Dangerous'
    • Lyle Lovett and Randy Newman - 'You’ve Got A Friend In Me'
    • David Bowie - 'Life On Mars'
    • Vanessa Carlton - 'A Thousand Miles'
    • Massive Attack - 'Teardrop'
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    Technical Exercises

    • Group A - Scales
    • Group B - Arpeggios
    • Group C - Chord Voicings
    • Group D - Technical Studies

    Unseen Tests

    • Sight Reading
    • Improvisation & Interpretation
    • Ear Tests (Test 1: Melodic Recall, Test 2: Harmonic Recall)
    • General Musicianship Questions
  • Tick

    Pages 27–31


    Bar 8: The tie between beats 3 and 4 has been removed, and the rhythm of beat 4 changed to eighth note, 16th note, 16th note (pitch, all B, remains the same).

    Bars 47 & 49: The rhythm of beat 3 has been changed to eighth note, 16th note, 6th note. The note pitches (A, G, E) remain the same. (Updated 10 August 2020)

    Pages 33-38

    Life On Mars? - Bar 9, beats 3 & 4: All A natural notes changed to A flat.

    Bar 22, beat 3: F note moved to G.

    Bar 23, beats 3 & 4: All E naturals moved to E flat. (Updated 10 August 2020)

    Pages 46 - 53

    Technical Exercises: Group A Scales, 17. Chromatic Scale

    The text for this exercise has been updated to "starting on any white key chosen by the examiner, example given in B (three octaves, two octave example shown)" (Updated 2 July 2019)

    Pages 39 - 44

    You Got A Friend In Me

    Bar 44, beat 3: The diad in the lower voice (D and F#) has been removed.Bar 45, Beat 1&: The three note Eb9 chord (G, Db and F) has been moved to beat 2. (Updated 2 July 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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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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