Drums Grade 8

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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

Purchase Options

The digital download includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. The digital download + E-Book Access additionally includes the access to the E-Book Interactive content. Hardcopy books can currently only be shipped to the UK. Learn more about your purchasing options.

We have published 2 versions of this edition; one version is more USA centric with some American English terms and background information referring billboard chart success rather than the UK charts. Please note that both versions of the book have everything you need for an exam and are both valid editions for when you enter for the assessment.

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

Title Price (GBP)
Complete Digital Book + E-Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files, Supporting Tests and E-Book (Interactive Sheet Music Player) £19.99 Add to Cart
Drums Grade 8 | Hardcopy (UK Only) £21.99 Add to Cart
Complete Digital Book (US) PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £17.99 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
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £5.99 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
Pages 23-28
Some Skunk Funk - Click backing track audio has been fixed so that it correctly mirrors the time changes throughout the score (Updated 3 December 2019). How do I download the updated audio?

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)
How do I download the updated audio?
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