When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMH06B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Suitable for bass players with some degree of experience, who wish to take their skills to a higher level and learn more advanced forms of technique, reading, improvising from chord symbols, rhythm and tempo, and performing in several contemporary styles.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play basic grooves in the styles of Boogie-Woogie, Rock (inc. 8-feel, 16-feel, syncopation), Funk (inc. syncopation, improvisation), Blues, R and B
  • Play a wider range of scales and arpeggios
  • Understand chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Apply chromatic movements, riffs and grooves more effectively
  • Play a variety of contrasting exercises in tempo
  • Read music and rhythm notation


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Online interaction between tutor and students is provided by Microsoft ‘Teams’. The tutor provides handouts for each lesson and demonstrates the current coursework, including any details about theory, harmony, rhythm, phrasing and technique. Students are then encouraged to perform each exercise, which the tutor accompanies either on piano, guitar or with play-along backing tracks (where appropriate). Feedback, advice and Q&A sessions follow. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    Students who have attended Bass Guitar 1 course, or who have had some previous experience of the bass guitar.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    The first lesson begins with important basics that gradually build throughout the term. Regular practice between lessons is essential for ongoing progress.

    What you need

    Your bass guitar, a small amplifier, and a pen or pencil. This is an online course, therefore you will need access to a personal computer/laptop/ipad with working internal microphone and camera, and decent internet wi-fi connection. You will also need to have basic IT skills for accessing and using online material, eg. the online platforms for live sessions and shared material.?Ahead of the first session, you will receive information about the exact format and length of the live part of the course, together with guidance on how to access the relevant platforms. During the first session, you will receive guidance from your tutor about how to access the online course material, such as recordings and sheet music.

    What you can do next

    Morley College course Bass Guitar 3.