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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W22JPMG01C
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

A course designed for players with two or more years of playing experience on bass that are willing to explore the role of the bass in Jazz Music. This is the second term of this online course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play a broad range of scales, arpeggios, chromatic movements and modes used in jazz
  • Understand 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
  • Begin to build jazz repertoire
  • Perform with greater confidence and skill
  • Understand how to progress to the next level


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • 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 is applied in a practical way., Students are provided with pre-recorded mp3 audio files for practice at home.

    Entry requirements

    A reasonable command of your instrument and a basic understanding of chord symbols and harmony is required, The course follows on from Bass Guitar 3, 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., Online enrolment on term 3 of this course is only available to those enrolled in the previous term. If you are a current student, you will have received an email alerting you to this. 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

    The course for term 3 will be online using Teams or Zoom. If you require further information about this, please contact the tutor.

    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 Jazz Workshops, Rock & Pop Band, Latin Workshops, Big Band. Rehearsing and doing gigs with other musicians.