Check Mate – Rock – Beginner (Grade 0-1)

Check Mate – Rock – Beginner (Grade 0-1)

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(1 customer review)

Check Mate is a rock piano solo in A minor for beginner players at about the Grade 0-1 (ABRSM) standard.

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Check Mate is a catchy rock piano solo for beginners at the Grade 0-1 level (ABRSM).

This piece should be played in a confident style with energy. Listen to the performance audio track which comes with the sheet music and you'll feel the driving rock tempo. The eighth note quavers are played 'straight'.

The right hand melody features a repeated rhythmic phrase involving staccato and legato articulation. The melody lies comfortably under the hand, with a position change in bar 7.

Watch out for the dynamics throughout the piece, and try to make the most of these changes to create 'light and shade' in your performance.

Check Mate finishes the game with a unison fortissimo ending passage (go for it!) involving an opportunity for careful counting before the final move.

The play-along backing tracks that come with the Check Mate sheet music feature a special sound effect. This was created by first recording an A minor chord... and then reversing it. See if you can hear it in the performance recording (here's the sound effect on its own).

I hope you enjoy the piece. It's your move!

Additional information

Audio Downloads

Performance MP3, Playalong Backing, Slow Tempo Playalong Backing




Pop & Rock



Time Signature



Beginner (Grade 0-1)


Sheet music

1 review for Check Mate – Rock – Beginner (Grade 0-1)

  1. Noreen

    I instantly loved this piece and I know students will too. It would be a great recital piece.

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