Grade 2

At Grade 2, you can learn how to play flams and drags and a swing shuffle rhythm. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 1 Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the syllabus.

 

Grade 2 Drums song list

The Grade 2 Drums songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

An alternative song for Grade 2 Drums is available now - Come As You Are by Nirvana

 

Grade 2 Drums demo videos

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Playing grace notes - flams and drags

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Playing a swing shuffle rhythm

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Playing the pattern in the chorus

Session skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.

Playback

You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.

Improvising

You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.

Songs: Heroes, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Mean Jumper Blues, Rock Around The Clock, Sing For Absolution, You Really Got Me

2015-17 SYLLABUS

 

 

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