Drums Grade 1

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The Drums Grade 1 book is the essential companion to your Grade 1 exam. It covers fundamental techniques and introduces you to the core music theory behind six styles of rock and pop

What you'll learn at Grade 1

  • Moving between cymbals, open hi hats, syncopated accents
  • Single and double strokes, paradiddles
  • Playback 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.

Download Individual Tracks or Tests

* 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) £17.99 Add to Cart
Drums Grade 1 | 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
I Want To Break Free Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
In The Midnight Hour Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Soul Man Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Liberation Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Billie Jean Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Yeah Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Kaiser Roll Track 7 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Bend And Snap Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Jangle Road Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
West Coast Rollin' Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Deep Trouble Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Munky Fusic 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 1 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
  • Queen - I Want to Break Free
  • Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
  • Sam and Dave - Soul Man
  • Wretch 32 - Liberation
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Usher - Yeah
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.

There is no errata for this book.

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  • By Joe cachero on 14 March 2019
    5.00 out of 5

    Excellent for beginners.

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  • By seabee on 8 January 2019
    5.00 out of 5

    My grandson's drum teacher told him to get it to take his Grade 1 drums exam. He's delighted with it.

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  • By lorraine edwards on 4 December 2018
    4.00 out of 5


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  • By ClareR on 14 November 2018
    5.00 out of 5

    This was bought for my 11 year old son to help him with his drumming lessons at school. He chose this book & has found it very useful & helpful for him.

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  • By Sazzle on 4 November 2018
    5.00 out of 5

    My son is working towards his Grade 1, and this book is vital for that. He seems to be getting along with it really well, and understands it (which is a good job, as I don’t think I’d be much help!).

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