Rockschool Classics Grades 1–5 and Grades 6–8 Compendiums are out now!

Rockschool Classics Guitar and Drums feature a collection of iconic rock tracks from artists including AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Black Sabbath, The Police, U2, Foo Fighters, Snow Patrol, Metallica, Queens of The Stone Age and Jimi Hendrix. The tracks have been devised for students to learn through the music they love with repertoire arranged and benchmarked with the key technical skills required at each Grade. Students can choose any of the tracks included in Rockschool Classics to play as Free Choice Pieces in their Grade Exam or Performance Certificate.

Grades 1–5 contain eight of the biggest rock tracks from the past five decades. The tracks were previously included in the Hot Rocks books which have now been rebranded Rockschool Classics and feature new covers. Students can choose any two tracks from Rockschool Classics Grades 1 – 5 to play as Free Choice Pieces in their Grade Exam or three to play in their Performance Certificate.

Rockschool Classics Guitar and Drums Grades 6–8 Compendiums are new books which contain six arrangements of the biggest rock tracks from the past five decades. Students can choose any of the two titles per grade from Rockschool Classics Guitar and Drums Grades 6–8 Compendiums to play as Free Choice Pieces in their Grade Exam or Performance Certificate.

Rockschool Classics Guitar and Drums include:

  • Eight iconic rock tracks in each Rockschool Classics book Grades 1–5
  • Six iconic rock tracks in Rockschool Classics Guitar and Drums Grades 6–8 Compendiums
  • Fact Files: band and artist background information with recommended listening
  • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
  • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online

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“At the heart of all Rockschool qualification is the student’s love for music. The Rockschool Classics books expand the choice of songs available for students with material that people love to play, but that has still gone through our rigorous process of benchmarking to ensure that the standard is suitable for examination. The compendiums at grades 6-8 complete the musical journey from beginner to expert. Following the material in these books will equip learners to go on to university and conservatoire study, or even straight into the professional music industry.”

Tim Bennett-Hart, Director of Academic RSL

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