Grade 2

At Grade 2, you can learn how to play a boogie-woogie bass line, how to play a riff or how to play fills. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 1 Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the syllabus.


Grade 2 Bass song list

The Grade 2 Bass songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

An alternative song for Grade 2 Bass is available now - Chasing Pavements by Adele

Grade 2 Bass demo video

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How to play one of the best-known rock riffs of all time

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Playing quaver rests and staccato notes in the two bar grooves

Session Skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.


You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.


You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.


Songs: Comfortably Numb, Mean Jumper Blues, Need You Tonight, Rock Around The Clock, Spirit In The Sky, You Really Got Me

2015-17 SYLLABUS





News & Events

23 Mar

New Rock & Pop Session Skills books for Initial-Grade 2 available now

The first of our Rock & Pop Session Skills books are now available from our

23 Mar

Congratulations to the winners of our Rock & Pop Session Skills books giveaway competition

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our Rock & Pop Session Skills books giveaway competition as:Bruce Middleton, South AfricaKaren Smyth,

20 Mar

Rock & Pop Workshop with Tyler Smith at Yamaha Music London

Join us at this informative and interactive workshop on Friday 27 March 2015 and learn about the Trinity Rock & Pop graded exams for bass, drums, guitar, keyboards and vocals.