Performance is at the heart of Trinity’s Rock & Pop exams — whether self-taught or taking lessons, learning for fun or heading for a career in the music industry, these exams help musicians develop valuable playing skills and achieve their musical ambitions.
You can access everything you need to prepare for the performance part of the exam in our new graded songbooks. Our Rock & Pop books are available for Initial to Grade 8 and each includes eight songs with performance hints and tips. There’s also useful background information so you can explore the story behind, and techniques used in, the songs.
Rock & Pop Drums exams help you improve key playing skills and techniques including tempos and strokes, paradiddles, flams, and ratamacues, while playing the music you love. Song lists include music from David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Queen, The White Stripes, and Michael Jackson.
The exams are supported by a range of resources that provide essential support for learners:
graded songbooks containing all the songs needed for the exam, and performance tips and background information on the songs
demo and backing tracks for the songs in the books, as downloads or on CD
additional Trinity Rock & Pop arrangements suitable for use as own-choice songs, check here for the latest additions
Love Rears Its Ugly Head - Living Colour
Ghost Town - The Specials
Misery Business - Paramore
Pressure & Time - Rival Sons
Private Life - Grace Jones
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine