When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Paul Westwood
  • Course Code W23JPMG01C
  • 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 third 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
  • Build jazz repertoire
  • Perform with greater confidence and skill
  • Understand how to progress to the next level


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • 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 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 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.