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Rockschool Drums Grade 3

with RSL Awards

Learn to play drums like a pro with Rockschool and MusicGurus!

This interactive video course comes with pro tips and advice from world-class drummers and educators, backing tracks, sheet music and 1-2-1 tutoring when you need it. Together with your Rockschool grade book, it’s everything you need to progress at drums and ace your Rockschool grade.


Instrument Drums

For you get:

  • Performances and lessons for all 6 pieces in the grade
  • Digital sheet music for all 6 pieces in the grade
  • 12 detailed lessons on technique and sight reading
  • Slow motion and looping practise player
  • Free with code: G3FREE
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36 lessons · 3h 23m

Welcome to Rockschool Drums Grade 3: The Pro Perspective

This innovative video course challenges you to be the best drummer and musician you can be, whatever your level.

MusicGurus and Rockschool have assembled a team of top pro drummers to provide unique lessons on each piece in the grade, including:
    •    invaluable advice on sight reading

    •    Getting the right feel

    •    developing authentic vocabulary

    •    playing musically

    •    practicing effectively

    •    building your technique

With the MusicGurus video player you can loop and slow-down all the performances and demonstrations, so this course will allow you to see exactly what the pros are doing. 

If you're a student taking a grade, this course is the ideal preparation. And if you're teaching Rockschool to a student, this course will provide all kinds of ideas to keep your lessons fresh and authentic.

Pre-requisite: This course is most effective when paired with a Rockschool Grade Book. Which you can purchase here.  

There are some incredible drummers on the course;

Paul Elliott
Paul is a highly respected drum educator and clinician. At clinics he has performed alongside the likes of Steve Smith, Manu Katche, Simon Phillips and Gary Husband. Top drummers like Phil Selway (Radiohead) and Ash Soan (Adele) also come to Paul for technical advice. 

Rich Hawking
Richard Hawking is the powerhouse drummer at the heart of the genre-bending rap-metal band Hacktivist. They have played major festivals including Glastonbury, Download and Somnisphere. The band has supported Korn and Enter Shikari, and recorded a live session for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios.

Harry Pope
Harry Pope is a U.K based live and session drummer, specialising in jazz and hip-hop. He is primarily known for his work with award-winning punk-jazz group World Service Project, with whom he has toured internationally.

Pat Levett
Pat is well known on the London rhythm and blues scene as a master of groove drumming. He has performed and recorded with Tom Jones, The James Taylor Quartet, Tim Minchin, The Ronnie Scotts All Stars, and many more. 

Yusuf Ahmed
Yusuf is an exciting talent on the London scene, who has proved himself a polyrhythmic master playing with artists such as Adedeji Adetayo, Zoe Rahman, Martin Speake, and many more. 

Pete Riley
Pete Riley is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading educators in modern music. His drumming career has seen him play with the likes of Guthrie Govan (The Aristocrats), Republica, Billy Sheehan, Paul Glibert & Keith Emerson, to name but a few. 

Stu Roberts
Stu Roberts is a freelance drummer who has just finished touring with Take That’s ‘The Band’. As well as performing with Take That and Lulu as part of the promotion for the show, Stu has held chairs in many West End theatre shows including ‘Spamalot’, ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’. 

Lesson Plan

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Get personalised feedback or tuition from a pro drummer

You can contact any of the drummers from the course through the site, and request personalised lessons or feedback on your performance.

RSL Awards

RSL Awards (Rockschool) is the world's foremost awarding body for contemporary Arts. It is known for its groundbreaking approach to popular music education, with learning material for guitar, drums and piano perfeced over decades.

MusicGurus is proud to partner with Rockschool to deliver video guides and practise sheet music for their grade books. These products enhance the experience of learning with Rockschool and are taught by top pro musicians, many of whom play on original performances and backing tracks recently recorded at Abbey Road and Realworld studios.

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