If you want to develop your bass-playing skills while playing great music, then our new Rock & Pop exams and songbooks are for you. Our Bass song lists include music from Radiohead, Ramones, INXS and Muse.
Our exams and songbooks are ideal for all bass players – whether you’re self-taught or taking lessons. We’ve designed the exams so they’re about performance and creativity, giving you the skills you’ll need as a rock and pop musician.
For each exam you’ll play three songs and perform one of the Session skills.
Watch our videos on the Bass grade pages to see professional musicians playing some of the music and demonstrating the technical skills you’ll be working on for your exam.
Professional bass player Ben Hillyard performs music by the Kinks and Sly and the Family Stone from our bass syllabus. He’s playing to backing tracks from the CDs in our Rock & Pop bass songbooks.
We’ve produced a songbook for each grade. Each book is an invaluable resource - it includes six songs in both tab and staff notation, a CD with demo and backing tracks, performance notes and guidance on technical skills and Session skills.
And keep an eye on the website for more songs – we’ll be adding new tracks for each exam, available as downloads from our online store.
As you progress through the grades you’ll explore great classic and contemporary rock and pop music. Our song lists will keep growing – new tracks will be available in our online store.
You decide the set list for your exam to show what you can do. As well as choosing two songs from our song list, you’ve got the option to play your own cover version of a song or a song that you’ve written.
This song may:
• be unaccompanied
• be played to a backing track (you can record this yourself)
• include your own vocals, performed live in the exam.
The Session skills - Improvising and Playback – develop important skills that musicians need.
Songs: Black Betty, Blitzkrieg Bop, Folsom Prison Blues, I Am The Music Man, No Surprises, You Don’t Love Me
@gokhart great stuff! Hopefully music to @chris_the_hall's ears?
2 days ago
@jjjjoooonnnn well good luck to them then! Let us know how they get on
3 days ago