Drums Grade 8

The Drums Grade 8 book covers the in-depth knowledge you'll need to tackle the full array of techniques and theoretical challenges you'll face in your Grade 8 exam - pass this, and you're truly ready to roll with the best in the world of rock and pop. Good luck!

What you'll learn at Grade 8

  • Double bass drum, advanced stylistic grooves, complex time-signature changes and syncopation
  • Single strokes developed, alternative paradiddle-diddles, Swiss Army triplet, pataflafla, single and double triple ratamacue, rolls, Stylistic Studies
  • Playback and performance skills

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The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. Learn more about your purchasing options.

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Title Price (GBP)
Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £15.99 Add to Cart
Red Baron Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
All Of You Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Hit Me Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Some Skunk Funk Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Bonfire Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Last Time Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Meet Darth Ear Track 7 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Mind The Gaps Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Lead Sheet Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Freightshaker Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Nosso Samba Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Dark Matter Track 12 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
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Drums Grade 8 features:

  • 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
  • Billy Cobham - Red Baron
  • Cole Porter - All Of You
  • Dirty Loops - Hit Me
  • Brecker Brothers - Some Skunk Funk
  • Knife Party - Bonfire
  • Moderat - Last Time
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.


Pages 29-34
Nosso Samba - Adjustments have been made to bars 74, 76, 78, 80 and 82 (the hi-hat now drops out to allow for the snare). See file: RSK051227_Drums_G8_p32_10Nov2015.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 10 November 2015)
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Pages 5-10
Meet Darth Ear - In beat 2 of bar 14 (p.6), the snare and bass drum rhythm should be an eighth-note snare followed by an eighth-note bass drum. The double bass drum version of this tune (the "alt" version in the downloadable material) is unaffected. (Updated 3 March 2016)

Learn more about the Drums Grade 8 syllabus