Drums Technical Handbook

The 2012–2018 Drums Technical Handbook features every every rudiment, sticking pattern, fill and technical exercise you need to complete your Grade Exam (Grades Debut–8). An audio CD of examples is included with the book.

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The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. 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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The Drums Technical Handbook features examples from the following tests:

  • Grade-by-grade overview: what's new at each grade and the technical work required
  • Grade-by-grade ordering: every rudiment and sticking pattern
  • Three Stylistic Study examples (Grades 6-8): comprehensive examples from metal to Latin
  • Frequently Asked Questions section: FAQs that you might find useful before your exam
Media Book
Catalogue # RSK111206
ISBN 9781908920331
Page 17
Grade 2 Technical Exercises The tempo has been corrected to show "quarter note = 70" to match the notation below.

For the 2012-2018 Syllabus, we've combined 20 years of experience in rock and pop music education with some of the most sought-after session musicians to ensure our tunes are the most authentic on offer. We've listened to all your suggestions, critiques and improvements to compile our best syllabus yet.