Registered Charity No. XT38066

nireland college of piping

City East Business Centre, 68-72 Newtownards Rd, Belfast, BT4 1GW   |  Telephone: 028 90941659

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EST. 1980

BASS AND TENOR DRUMMING

 

Grade 1

  • Treble clef and bass clef

  • Note values

  • Beats and bars

  • Correct hand and stick position

  • Stick control and maintenance

  • Counting in simple time: duple, triple, quadruple

  • Introduction of exercises and set pieces

  • Basic monotone in simple quadruple time

  • Introduction to flourishing: angled spin, split the feather

 

Grade 2

  • Single strokes, double strokes, paradiddles

  • Development of note values

  • Rests

  • Rolls

  • Incomplete bars, anacrusis

  • Continued development of monotones in simple duple, simple triple and simple quadruple time signatures

  • Continued development of exercises and set pieces

  • Aural test: distinguish between simple duple, simple triple and simple quadruple time

  • Sight reading test

  • Development of flourishing: angled spin, split the feather

 

Grade 3

  • Counting in simple and compound time: duple, triple, quadruple

  • Accents

  • Accented double strokes, accented paradiddles

  • Lengthening of notes, dot and cut

  • Continued development of monotones

  • Continued development of exercises and set pieces

  • Aural test: distinguish between compound duple, compound triple and compound quadruple time signatures

  • Sight reading test

  • Development of flourishing: single stick stop/stall, double stick stop/stall, flat spins, figure 8 flourish, reverse figure 8 flourish

 

Grade 4

  • Continued development of counting in simple and compound time

  • Irregular groups

  • Continued development of lengthened notes (dot and cut) and accents

  • Continued development of monotones

  • Continued development of exercises and set pieces

  • Aural test in simple and compound time

  • Sight reading test in simple and compound time

  • Development of flourishing: cartwheel, reverse cartwheel, crossover, cuts, traffic policeman/splits

 

Grade 5

 

To complete this grade the student is expected to be competent in grades 1 and 2 of the snare drum programme and more advanced monotones

   

Grade 5 Part A

  • Single strokes

  • The paradiddle and accented paradiddle

  • The long roll (open)

  • Set pieces

  • Aural test

  • Sight reading test

  • Note values, treble clef

  • Monotone from grade 5 snare drumming

Grade 5 Part B

  • The triplet

  • The duplet

  • Simple and compound duple time

  • The flam and accented flam

  • The closed drag

  • Roll movements: 5, 7, 9 stroke roll

  • Set pieces

  • Aural test

  • Sight reading test

  • Development of note values, treble clef

  • Rests

  • Monotone from grade 6 snare drumming

                                                                                    The NIPDS is an

                                            Associate College of The College of Piping, Glasgow

                                                           Funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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