When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMH05A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Suitable for absolute beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of bass playing. Coursework includes: developing good technique, scales and arpeggios, chord symbols, a range of chord sequences, rhythm and tempo exercises, reading music and rhythm notation. Creative work and performance will be focused on developing groove playing and basic improvisation in the styles of Swing, Rock and Funk.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply correct L and R hand positions and bass guitar technique
  • Play a variety of scales and arpeggios
  • Understand chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Play basic grooves in the styles of swing, rock and funk
  • Improvise on grooves in the styles of swing, rock and funk
  • Play a a variety of contrasting exercises in tempo
  • Perform with greater confidence and skill


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will be held at Morley College. The tutor provides handouts for each lesson and demonstrates current coursework, including any details about theory, harmony, rhythm, phrasing and technique. Students are encouraged to perform each exercise, which the tutor accompanies on guitar, piano or with backing tracks. Play-along backing tracks are provided for homework and personal development. To ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, feedback, advice and Q&A sessions are conducted in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    No previous experience of the bass guitar is necessary.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The first lesson begins with important basics that gradually build throughout the term.

    What you need

    Your bass guitar and a pen or pencil.

    What you can do next

    Morley College course Bass Guitar 2.