Drums Grade 4

Rockschool's Drums Grade 4 book is an in-depth guide to the expressive techniques that you'll be performing in your Grade 4 exam, such as Ghost snare, flams and ruffs and hand and feet patterns

What you'll learn at Grade 4

  • Solo and Improvisation passages, Ghost snare, rim shot, riding on the toms
  • Single and double strokes, paradiddles, Flams and ruffs, hands and feet patterns
  • 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.

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Complete Digital Book + E-Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files, Supporting Tests and E-Book (Interactive Sheet Music Player) £17.99 Add to Cart
Drums Grade 4 | Hardcopy (UK Only) £19.99 Add to Cart
Complete Digital Book (US) PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £15.99 Add to Cart
Sweet Home Alabama Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Respect Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
In My Place Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Let's Dance Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Ready Or Not Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Scary Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Noisy Neighbour Track 7 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Cold Pants Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Attitude Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
The Nod Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Hammerblow Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Jahmake Ska Track 12 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £4.49 Add to Cart

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Drums Grade 4 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
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
  • Aretha Franklin - Respect
  • Coldplay - In My Place
  • David Bowie - Let’s Dance
  • Fugees - Ready Or Not
  • Stormzy - Scary
  • 6 Rockschool Originals
Pages 5–8
Sweet Home Alabama - Bar 8 has been updated. It is identical to bar 7 but with a closed hi-hat on beat 1 instead of a crash.
Pages 49-54
Mind The Gaps - Bar 55: The final eighth note of the bar has been changed to an eighth-note rest.
Pages 29-34
Cry Me A River - Bars 57 and 58 have been updated.
Pages 49–54
Mind The Gaps - Bar 21, beat 1: Staccato removed. (Updated 22 July 2020)

Page 30
Technical Exercises – Group A: Single and Double Strokes - The sticking of the double strokes is incorrect and should read "RRLL" throughout – "RRRR" should not occur within the exercise. (Updated 8 February 2013)
Page 30
Technical Exercises – Group B: Paradiddles - Second exercise ("Triple paradiddle in 16th notes") – Bar 2, Beat 3: the cymbal notes should be ride cymbal (not hi-hat). (Updated 8 February 2013)

Learn more about the Drums Grade 4 syllabus