Drums Grade 6

Drums Grade 6 earns you valuable UCAS points towards your university application; this book is your guide to the increasingly sophisticated theory and performance techniques you'll face in the grade exam.

What you'll learn at Grade 6

  • Time-signature changes, bass-drum doubles, polyrhythms, 6/8 trip hop groove
  • Single and double strokes, paradiddles, ratamacues, rolls, Stylistic Studies
  • Playback and performance skills

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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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Drums Grade 6 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
  • David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
  • James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Skream - Dutch Flowerz
  • LL Cool J - Rock The Bells
  • Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
  • 6 Rockschool Originals
Page 77
General Musicianship Questions - The fourth question, on the use of drum voices, has had the following note added. "Note: if there is no solo section in the selected piece, the examiner will ask you to explain how you would approach constructing a solo in the context of the piece/style, using a combination of the following components: drum voices, rhythms OR techniques."
Page 31–36
Chameleon - Bars 26. 40 and 64: Beat 1 of each bar has been amended as follows: 8th-note kick > 16th note-snare > 16th note-kick (Updated 7 April 2021)
Page 43–48
Pop It In The Top - Bar 48: kick drum notes added on beats 3& (second eighth-note of beat 3) and 4e (second 16th-note of beat 4). (Updated 7 April 2021)
Page 11–14
I Got You (I Feel Good) - The cross stick snare in bars 26–29 (p.12) have been replaced with regular snare drum. (Updated 4 December 2019)
Page 19–24
Dutch Flowerz - Page 22, bar 48, beat 4: The snare and crash cymbal have been moved to the 'and' of beat 4. The upper voice of beat 4 is now as follows: eighth-note rest, eighth-note snare+crash The lower voice of beat 4 is unaffected. (Updated 4 December 2019)

Page 7
Mohair Mountain - The "To Coda" indication has been removed from bar 24 (p.7). (Updated 8 February 2013)
Page 37
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)

Learn more about the Drums Grade 6 syllabus