At Grade 3, you can learn how to play rolls and improvised fills. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 2 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.
The Grade 3 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.
Different ways to play rolls on a snare drum
Playing sixteenth notes and demonstrating a flam and a ruff
Improvised fills in various parts of the song
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: All Day And All Of The Night, Chain Of Fools, Creep, John Barleycorn, Natural Blues, Sunshine Of Your Love