Grade 7

At Grade 7, you can learn about ghosting and sextuplet fills. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 6 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 7 Drums song list

The Grade 7 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.

An alternative song for Drums Grade 7 is available now - Message In A Bottle by The Police

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Playing ghosted notes

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Playing a fill in a linear style

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Four way independence with ghost notes and accents

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Sextuplet fills

Session skills

Players choose  Playback or Improvising.


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.


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

Songs: 1 Thing, Come Dancing, Crazy In Love, Dance With The Devil, Pick Up The Pieces, Welcome To Paradise


2015-17 SYLLABUS