31 Jul Drumming Certification Summer Results – July 2016
Summer has been one of the busiest drumming certification periods ever for the tutors. No fewer than TWELVE of their students entered for RSL Awards exams, ranging all the way from debut up to grade 8 – a full spread! The results are in and tutors and their students have some great results to shout about! Here are the July results…
Congratulations to Rich (Wood Green) for a whopping 96% distinction on his grade 2 exam. Rich scored 100% on two pieces – Enter Sandman by Metallica and Rockschool staple Dora & Bootsy. He also got 100% in his technical exercises/rudiments, ear tests and musicianship questions. Rich also chose the Rockschool track Slipstream and chose sight reading as his unseen option. 96% is exceptional by any standards so well done to Rich, the hard work and practice is certainly paying off!
Ben (Muswell Hill) achieved an impressive 81% merit in his grade 4 exam. Considering the time Ben had before heading to boarding school (he’s only had lessons for 18 months!) this is monumental! Ben chose to play Guns N Roses version of Live and Let Die for his free choice piece. Epic! Ben also chose the pieces Cold Pants (19/20!) and The Nod to complete his choice of tracks.
Congratulations also go to Sol (Crouch End) for his grade 4 merit at 74%. Sol chose to play Sex on Fire by Kings of Leon for his free choice piece, along with Noisy Neighbour and The Nod. His tutor said he worked really hard to get his technique ready for the technical exercises part of the test. He also got full marks on his general musicianship questions. Well done Sol!
It was Jake’s (Muswell Hill) first RSL examination at grade 2 and he’s thrilled with his 76% merit. Jake worked really hard to achieve 14/15 on his technical exercises/rudiments. He also got full marks on his musicianship questions! Jake handled some tricky bass drum patterns in You Really Got Me by The Kinks for his free choice piece. Jake also chose For You and Cuba Mama as his two other pieces. Cuba Mama can be a particularly tough one but it means he’s ready to tackle bigger things when September hits. Great work Jake!
Domenic (Muswell Hill) also took his first RSL examination at grade 2. He came away with a fantastic merit with 78%! Domenic chose Iron Man by Black Sabbath as his free choice. His tutor said that he had worked really hard on getting his sight reading ready and it paid off hugely. Well done Domenic for a fantastic result!
Tom (Turnpike Lane) has been drumming for a couple of decades. He decided he wanted to improve his skillset by taking his grade 4 exam. It turned out to be great decision! He walked away with a solid 82% merit, including full marks in his general musicianship questions! Tom worked hard on creating some interesting development sections for the unwritten bars in the pieces. His tutor said this was particularly for Message in a Bottle by The Police, which he chose as his free choice piece. Tom also chose the funk track Cold Pants and the Arctic Monkeys-inspired Noisy Neighbour to complete the exam. Tom is moving quickly and preparing for his grade 6 and we’re sure it’s going to go well!
Congratulations to all!
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