When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W23JPMH01A
  • 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:

  • Understand and apply left- and right-hand positions and fretboard technique
  • Play a variety of scales and arpeggios
  • Understand chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Gain good timekeeping abilities and play in tempo
  • Play basic grooves in the styles of swing, rock, R and B, funk, shuffle funk
  • Use additional skills to improvise on grooves in various contemporary styles of music
  • Perform with greater confidence and skill, in general
  • Apply new skills and knowledge that enable progression to the next level.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will be held at Morley College and are continuous over three terms. Students may sign up each term or for the whole year. Please be aware that catch-up lessons will be available online if you enrol in terms 2 & 3. Handouts are provided each lesson to accompany classwork. Additional handouts are provided that reference music elements such as theory, harmony, rhythm, phrasing, and technique. Students are encouraged to perform each exercise with the tutor, who accompanies on guitar, piano or with backing tracks. Play-along backing tracks are provided for practise and personal development outside of the classroom. There is an option for recordings of students’ performances if they choose. 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.