Vocals Grade 8 (Male)

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The Vocals Grade 8 book will be indispensable as you tackle the complex challenges of your final grade exam, once again earning you UCAS points – once you've passed this, you'll be ready for any stage or session the music world has in store for you

What you'll learn at Grade 8

  • Three­part backing vocals, stylistic use of techniques and improvisation/development, register flips, long melismas, sustained vibrato, slides to scream, extended range and intervals
  • The Chromatic Scale and diminished 7th arpeggio
  • Large intervals in major/minor sequences, advanced phrasing and articulation and microphone technique

Purchase Options

The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. Learn more about your purchasing options.

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

Title Price (GBP)
Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £13.99 Add to Cart
Ray Charles, ‘A Song For You’ Track 1 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
OneRepublic, ‘Apologize’ Track 2 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Jeff Buckley, ‘Grace’ Track 3 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Foo Fighters, ‘The Pretender’ Track 4 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Bon Jovi, ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ Track 5 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
The Commitments, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ Track 6 of 6 £2.99 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £5.99 Add to Cart

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For the 2014–2017 Vocals Syllabus, we've combined 20 years of experience in contemporary music education with some of the world's biggest recording artists. We've listened to all your suggestions, critiques and improvements to compile the most practical, industry relevant and engaging vocals syllabus on offer.

Vocals 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

Vocals Grade 8 (Male) repertoire:

  • Jeff Buckley - "Grace"
  • One Republic - "Apologise"
  • Ray Charles - "A Song For You"
  • The Commitments - "Try A Little Tenderness"
  • Bon Jovi - "Livin' On A Prayer"
  • Foo Fighters - "The Pretender"

We also have a wider repertoire list containing 100+ pieces to give you more choice.

Page 55
Technical Exercises – Group D: Backing Vocals - Bars 5 to 8 of the score have been updated. See file: RSK091416R_MaleVox_G8_p55_11Apr2016.pdf in the _errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 11 April 2016)
How do I download the updated audio?
Pages 45-53
Try A Little Tenderness - The audio for this track has been updated and made available as part of the audio download. For identification purposes the older audio is 3m30s long, whereas the new audio is 5m00s long. (Updated 17 May 2016)
How do I download the updated audio?
Page 62
In the section "Entering Exams, Exam Procedure & Marking Schemes" (p.62), the information on "Use Of Microphone" has been updated as follows:
At Levels 1 and 2 (Grades 1–5) microphone use is optional, although candidates may use one if they feel it will enhance their performance. At Level 3 (Grades 6–8) microphone use is obligatory for all aspects of the exam. (Updated 20 October 2017)
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