Grade 1 Exam Videos
In this section I’ve provided some sample performances of Grade 1 exam material. Even if you’re not planning on sitting a drum exam the material is excellent and worth working through. In Grade 1 you’re introduced to the first 3 rudiments – Single Strokes, Double Strokes and Single Paradiddles. These pieces give you a good basic understanding of how these rudiments can be applied around the kit. For more information about Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit and what’s involved visit this page.
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Technical Exercises – Exercise no. 1
This is the first technical exercise – remember in the exam you only need to play two of the three technical exercises – you pick one and the examiner will pick the other (so you need to know all three).
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Technical Exercises – Exercise no. 2
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Technical Exercises – Exercise no. 3
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Belfast to Peru (Group A)
Here is the first performance of a ‘Group A’ piece. Group A pieces are performed along to the CD backing track and you need to pick any two Group A pieces to perform. You normally perform along to the version ‘with click’ from the CD – this version has no drums on and a background metronome click (cowbell) to help you keep time.
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Stoneroller (Group A)
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – In the Pocket (Group A)
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Tom-a-Hawk (Group B)
Here is the first ‘Group B’ piece – performed with and without a metronome click. Group B pieces are solo performances and in the exam you have no click as a reference so you need to learn it at the correct tempo and get used to playing it at that speed. Some students like to give themselves a count-in using the sticks to set the tempo – it’s fine to do this in the exam although don’t click your sticks at one tempo and then perform it at a different tempo!
Trinity Grade 1 Drum Kit – Song for a Small Boy (Group B)
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