When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMH06C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

For players with at least a year's experience. Improve your bass playing by learning advanced harmony and chord charts, confidence in rhythm, tempo and performing with other musicians in a variety of contemporary styles.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Playing basic grooves and riffs in the styles of Blues, R and B
  • Playing rhythms in 8-feel, 16-feel, 12/8
  • Applying syncopation and improvisation effectively
  • Understanding chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Playing a variety of contrasting exercises in tempo
  • Reading music and rhythm notation


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Students are given handouts for each lesson., The tutor explains and demonstrates examples so that students can copy or develop ideas., The tutor accompanies on bass guitar or piano so that students develop a sense of performance., Theory of music, phrasing, harmony, rhythm and technique are applied in a practical way., Students are provided with mp3 audio tracks for practice at home.

    Entry requirements

    A reasonable command of your instrument and a basic understanding of chord symbols and harmony is required, This course follows on from Bass Guitar 1, but is also designed for those who have not attended before., If in doubt, please discuss with the tutor which bass guitar course you are most suited for., If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the curriculum department will contact you.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Due to the current Covid situation, the course will be online this term. Lessons will be run on Teams or Zoom. Please contact the tutor for details.

    What you need

    A computer, your bass guitar, a small amplifier if possible, and a pen or pencil.

    What you can do next

    Joining Morley College Bass Guitar 3, Jazz Bass, Rock & Pop Band 1, Latin Workshops, Rehearsing and doing gigs with other musicians.