PRACTICE ROOM - SUPPORT

A range of resources designed to support you with preparing for your exam.

On this page:
Videos
Downloadable Resources
Articles
Spotify Playlists

VIDEOS


TECHNICAL FOCUS DEMOS

Watch session musicians demonstrate skills and techniques assessed in a range of our technical focus songs.


IMPROVISING DEMO VIDEOS

Watch videos with session musicians for tips and ideas on how to improvise in a range of styles and genres.


PRO SKILLS

Hear from professional musicians working in the industry about a range of topics.

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES


PRODUCER'S NOTES

A series of resources looking at different songs in the Rock & Pop 2018 syllabus. With notes on topics such as recording and production; composition; the album; and about the artist, these notes provide you - whether you’re a teacher working on the songs with one pupil or a whole classroom, or a musician learning with a teacher or playing the songs for fun on your own - with one place to go to get lots of useful and interesting information about the songs. Did you know, for example, that Wonder originally wrote ‘Superstition’ for guitarist Jeff Beck?


TEACHING TIPS

A downloadable PDF resource packed full of top tips from teachers working with the Rock & Pop syllabus.

Download the teaching tips compilation


IMPROVISING SKILLS TEACHING TIPS

A downloadable PDF resource with tips and ideas for teaching improvising skills.

Download the teaching tips compilation



SAMPLE SESSION SKILLS TESTS

To help with session skills preparation, we've created a series of free sample tests for both playback and improvising. Download these for each instrument below.

ARTICLES


IMPROVISING IN A STYLE

A series of articles looking at the different styles of music you might come across in your Rock & Pop exam, with information about origins, examples of influential artists, and helpful tips about how to approach improvising in these styles. Each article includes videos looking at improvising in the style on a range of Rock & Pop instruments.


TEACHING TIPS

A series of articles by teachers working with the Rock & Pop syllabus including some of their top tips on how to approach teaching rock and pop music.

SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS

We've created Spotify playlists of the artists’ original versions of all Rock & Pop 2018 songs for you to use for inspiration. Follow our Spotify profile and playlists to easily find the tracks whenever you want to have a listen.



"IT'S REALLY NICE HAVING THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU LIKE ... IT'S HELPED ME DEVELOP AS A MUSICIAN."

JOSHUA, GRADE 7 GUITARIST

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