The Rock Your GCSE Music series has been devised to help with the group performing element of your GCSE Music exam through the medium of great rock and pop music.
This student handbook offers background and context to each of the eight featured songs, with analysis of the musical elements and techniques used which are relevant to your GCSE studies. There are also performance notes from the experts at Rockschool for rock-band players to help you achieve your potential in performance.
Supplementary material including video demonstrations and further reading/listening are available. please see the Supplementary Content tab to the right.
Supplementary materials including video demos and further background reading are available in the My Account area, which can be accessed with a code printed inside the student handbook.
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More information about Elvis Presley's manager
Background and examples of the greatest rock and roll films
Examples of other songs that use the 12-bar blues pattern
A video demonstration of how to execute that iconic opening chord
A guide to warming up before you play
Video demonstration of picking techniques
Links to examples of the greatest guitar solos
Some examples of and links to the great slap back bass players of the skiffle era
Background information on the Hayride radio show
A list of some of the best books on the Beatles with links to Amazon to get you started on your Beatles journey of discovery!
A starter guide to the basics of getting your guitar tone right
A video demonstration to help you practise these guitar sequences
Drum loop with the kick drum so you can hear how it should sound
Drum loop without the kick drum for you to add in yourself
A list of the numerous cover versions of this song, with links to YouTube clips
Video demonstration of the barre chords for guitarists
Video demonstration of picking the Ruby bass line
James Bond soundtrack trivia and links to the iconic theme songs
Video demonstration of the opening chords for guitarists
Video demonstration of the guitar fingering for the chorus section
Video demonstration of palm muting for guitarists and picking for bassists
More background on this reggae pioneer
More information about this iconic instrument
Video demonstration of string skipping for guitarists on No Woman, No Cry