Rockschool Drums Grade 8
with RSL Awards
- Course Trailer
- Sample Lesson Free
- Meet the tutors
- Piece Performances
- All Of You – Cole Porter
- Bonfire – Knife Party
- Hit Me – Dirty Loops
- Last Time – Moderat
- Red Baron – Billy Cobham
- Some Skunk Funk – Brecker Brothers
- Meet Darth Ear
- Mind the Gaps
- Lead Sheet
- Nosso Samba
- Dark Matter
- Pro Performance Analyses
- All Of You – Cole Porter (Analysis)
- Bonfire – Knife Party (Analysis)
- Hit Me – Dirty Loops (Analysis)
- Last Time – Moderat (Analysis)
- Red Baron – Billy Cobham (Analysis)
- Some Skunk Funk – Brecker Brothers (Analysis)
- Meet Darth Ear (Analysis)
- Mind the Gaps (Analysis)
- Lead Sheet (Analysis)
- Freightshaker (Analysis)
- Nosso Samba (Analysis)
- Dark Matter (Analysis)
- Technical Exercises
- Intro & Single Strokes
- Double Strokes
- Flams, drags & ruffs
- Beyond flams drags & ruffs
- Stroke Rolls
- How to practice
- Demonstrations of grade technical requirements
- Getting creative with embelishment rudiments
- Inspirational Technical Exercises
- Sight Reading
- How to improve your sight reading
- Mastering improvisation & Interpretation
- Summing Up
Lesson plan (4h 10m)
Welcome to Rockschool Drums Grade 8: 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.