Popular Music Theory Workbook Grade 8

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The Rockschool Grade 8 Theory Workbook is the ideal preparation for your Grade 8 exam, containing example questions and a full specimen paper. Grade 8 exams earn UCAS points, and test enharmonic transpositions, advanced chord recognition, sophisticated mode writing and technology and band instruments among other subjects.

Rockschool's Popular Music Theory Syllabus is regulated by Ofqual and offers UCAS points at Grades 6, 7 and 8.

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The Rockschool Popular Music Theory Workbook Grade 8 is the ideal preparation for students taking Rockschool's new Grade 8 theory exam. Practise each section of your Rockschool Popular Music Theory exam in isolation, and then study a specimen paper from the Grade 8 exam. Use your Grade 8 Workbook alongside the accompanying Popular Music Theory Guidebook (Grades Debut–5).

Your Grade 8 Workbook includes sample questions from each of the following sections of your theory exam:

  • Music notation
  • Popular music harmony
  • Band knowledge
  • Band analysis
  • Grade 8 specimen paper included
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Catalogue # RSK011511
ISBN 9781908920775
Page 15
Identifying scales Q.2 - The natural signs have been removed from beat 3 of bar 1. (Updated 23 November 2016)
Page 18
Section 2 - Music Harmony Q2 The required transposition has been changed from a major 7th to a major 6th. This removes ambiguity about whether candidates should or shouldn't convert the result into enharmonically easier keys.
Page 18
Section 2 - Popular Music Harmony - Q1 The required transposition has been changed from minor 2nd to major second. This removes ambiguity about whether candidates should or shouldn't convert the result into enharmonically easier keys.
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Section 2 - Popular Music Harmony Question 4 - Chord 4 The flat sign has been removed from the lowest note.
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Sample Paper - Section 2 Q2.02 The first note of the 2nd example has been changed from D double-flat to D flat
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Sample Paper - Section 2 Q2.07 The required transposition has been changed from Major 7th to Major 6th. This removes ambiguity about whether candidates should or shouldn't convert the result into enharmonically easier keys.
  • By C. J. Duvalle on 17 July 2015
    5.00 out of 5

    Appropriate for modern performers.Good explanation of material. Some discrepencies to traditional theory but this comes with naming modern music theory. If you follow which path Rock School follows then all is well. Glad to see a modern and useful approach to theory for modern musicians. I feel ABRSM is still strong for basics up to grade 5.

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