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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMG01B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

For reasonably experienced bass players (double bass or bass guitar) who wish to develop their jazz improvisation skills to a higher level.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play a broad range of scales and arpeggios used in jazz
  • Understand advanced chord symbols and chord sequences
  • Improvise bass lines creatively in a jazz swing-feel style
  • Play melodic solos using appropriate harmony and phrasing
  • Apply different forms of jazz harmony more effectively
  • Explore jazz language using traditional and contemporary methods
  • Build jazz repertoire
  • Perform with greater confidence and skill


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    Classes will be held online on ZOOM and are continuous over three terms. Each term is a separate course: Jazz Bass A (from September), Jazz Bass B (from January), Jazz Bass C (from April). 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

    A reasonable command of your instrument and a basic understanding of chord symbols and harmony, some degree of ability in improvising, some reading skills.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    Regular practice between lessons is essential for ongoing progress.

    What you need

    Your instrument and a pen or pencil. An amplifier for bass guitar. As this is an online course, 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 in order to access both the online platforms for live sessions and course 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

    Jazz Bazz C (Term 3). Students may wish to continue this course for a further year to develop their abilities or might to consider joining one of Morley’s Jazz theory classes and Jazz History classes to consolidate their learning. Alternatively, learners should consider one of our ensembles. Ask your tutor for advice or contact the Music Department.