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Rockschool Drums Grade 5

with Rockschool

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
  • Lift time access
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Level
intermediate
Course Length
39 lessons · 3h 39m

Welcome to Rockschool Drums Grade 5: The Pro Perspective

This innovative video course not only guides you through your grade, but also teaches you the principles of a professional drummer.

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.


Rockschool

Rockschool are the world's foremost awarding body for contemporary Arts. They are known for their groundbreaking approach to popular music education, and have honed their learning material for guitar, drums and piano over more than 2 decades of innovation.

MusicGurus are proud to partner with Rockschool to produce tutorials based on their grade books. These courses enhance the experience of learning with Rockschool. They are taught by top pro musicians -  many of whom are the authors of the Rockschool.

See below for the details of our collaborations with Rockschool

Drum syllabus grades debut to 8

Join some of the U.K's top professional drummers for the 'pro perspective' on your Rockschool grade. 

Acoustic Guitar Syllabus grades 1-5

We're proud to bring you fun, easy-to-follow video courses for the 2016 Acoustic Guitar Syllabus. Whether you're taking your first steps on guitar or moving into further or higher education, a Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade will improve your playing ability, expand your technical proficiency and give you a solid grasp of music theory, whilst practising and performing to some of the most iconic tracks from the world of popular music.

The teachers are some of London's foremost Rock guitarists and the authors of the syllabus: Andy G Jones, Carl Orr, James Betteridge, James Barratt.

Andy G Jones has played with Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, James Ingram, Lamont Dozier, Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), The BBC Radio Big Band, Patti Austin, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Lalo Schifrin (Hollywood film composer Bullitt, Mission Impossible), Hank Marvin, Grady Tate, Agnetha from ABBA, Dudley Moore, Sarah Brightman, Petula Clark, Madelaine Bell, Smooth Jazz star Richard Smith, Chris Standring, Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, King of Comedy), Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell, Laurie Holloway and has toured with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since leaving Van Morrison, Andy has been in Cliff Richard’s band and played at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert which also featured Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He has just returned from Australia where he played on a live Cliff Richard DVD at the Sydney Opera House.

Carl Orr has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians on the planet including Billy Cobham, George Duke, Ernie Watts, Randy Brecker, Gary Husband and Bennie Maupin. He is a regular at London’s legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in his own band and as a member of drummer Mark Fletcher's supergroup "Fletch's Brew”. Carl has taught guitar at The Australian Institute of Music, Brunel University, Middlesex University, London Centre Of Contemporary Music and The Academy of Contemporary Music. A prolific composer,Carl has recorded eight albums as a leader and is featured on albums by Billy Cobham, Fletch's Brew, Geoff Eales and Nathan Haines.

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