Drums Grade 8

4.75 out of 5

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 £13.99 Add to Cart
Meet Darth Ear Track 1 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Mind The Gaps Track 2 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Lead Sheet Track 3 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Freightshaker Track 4 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Nosso Samba Track 5 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Dark Matter Track 6 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £5.99 Add to Cart

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Drums Grade 8 features:

  • Six Performance Pieces, six styles of rock and pop
  • Fact Files: background information on each style with recommended listening
  • Walkthroughs: hints and tips on the tricky sections of the Performance Pieces
  • CD with full mixes and backing tracks
  • World-class musicians, top-flight production
  • Plot your stylistic specialism up through the grades
Media Sheet Music, CD
Arrangement Drums (DRUMS)
Series Rockschool Drums 2012
Catalogue # RSK051227
ISBN 9781908920263
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)

For the 2012-2018 Syllabus, we've combined 20 years of experience in rock and pop music education with some of the most sought-after session musicians to ensure our tunes are the most authentic on offer. We've listened to all your suggestions, critiques and improvements to compile our best syllabus yet.

  • By Mandy ann gibbon on 5 March 2016
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  • By Sam Lumsden on 23 June 2015
    5.00 out of 5

    I use the Rockschool syllabus with my drum students, and the majority of them love it. The book features 6 songs at grade 8 level, some technical exercises and other useful material. Each song is in a different genre - from pop to hip hop. At the back of the book, there is a large section of grade 8 level technical exercises. After a student finishes working on each book, I put them forward to sit the Rockschool exam, to which there is a fee. This is entirely optional however, but it is great experience and the qualifications are accredited, so can be great for the CV, and getting into college/university. Everything here is to a high quality; the book, the CD and the material overall. The CD features 3 versions of each song, 1 with drums, 1 without drums and 1 without drums but with a click.

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  • By Sharon Saunders on 8 February 2015
    4.00 out of 5

    A often bought guide for students as partner is a drum teacher. Good to be able to buy from Amazon.

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  • By Mary Evans on 5 January 2015
    5.00 out of 5

    The last and highest grade achievable and this book provides everything to enable success.

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  • By Nathan Hyde on 24 October 2014
    5.00 out of 5

    Quick delivery, brand new book with CD. Cant complain!

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  • By ginnyclem on 9 October 2013
    5.00 out of 5

    Required book for grade 8 exam at Rockschool-so no choice really!Like all other grade books,Son finds it very straightforward and easy to follow-have passed all previous grades so far using these books-(with teacher)so must be okay.

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  • By 4oursword on 23 April 2013
    4.00 out of 5

    The newer Grade 8 book from Rockschool is severely lacking in pieces that I liked. This one is a huge improvement. I believe that the pieces from this book can be taken as Free Choice pieces under the new specification.

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  • By barry duffy on 7 December 2012
    5.00 out of 5

    at galway drum school we found rockschool grade 8 drum kit a great learning resource for drummers and drum teachers..really well put together with top class tunes..bound to make any drummer who studies the syllabus a better musician!

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