Rockschool electric bass grade 1 information and videos 2012-2018


Crosstown Link

Here is the first piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a Blues Rock piece in the style of bands like Cream and Led Zepplin. It’s main focus is on quaver (eighth note) lines, dotted crotchets (quarter notes) and rests. Remember to watch out for the staccato notes and count the dotted crotchets accurately.

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Crosstown Link was written by Alison Rayner. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Night Ride

Here is the second piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a Rock piece in the style of bands like Kings Of Leon and Foo Fighters. It’s main focus is on quaver (eighth note) grooves, open strings and rests. Remember to watch out for the quavers followed by quaver rests. Don’t make the notes too short. Also watch for any open strings that can ring over the bass line. Try to to mute them.

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Night Ride was written by Simon Troup. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Reluctant Hero

Here is the second piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a Grunge piece in the style of bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. It’s main focus is on quaver (eighth note) grooves, string crossing and rests. You can use either your fingers or a pick for this piece. Make sure the accented notes stand out.

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Reluctant Hero was written by James Uings. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Krauss Country

Here is the fourth piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a country piece in the style of artists like Alison Krauss and Taylor Swift. It’s main focus is on string crossing, eighth note grooves and rests. Remember to keep the rests nice and clean and count the quaver rhythms carefully..

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Krauss Country was written by Deirdre Cartwright. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

The Open Air

Here is the fifth piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a modern rock piece in the style of bands like Biffy Clyro and Muse. It’s main focus is on tied notes, string crossing and timing. You can use either your fingers or a pick for this piece. Listen carefully for the tied rhythms and count them carefully.

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

The Open Air was written by Dave Marks. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

 

Inside The Box

Here is the final piece from the Rockschool 2012-2018 grade 1 bass syllabus. This is a surf rock piece in the style of artists like Dick Dale and The Beach Boys. It’s main focus is on staccato notes, accidentals and rests. Remember to watch out for the staccato notes and keep the rests nice and clean.

For the recording I used my 2004 Fender Precision bass through a Roland Cube 30 Bass amp and Behringer Ultra DI box into my iMac via a Focusrite Saffire 6 USB interface.

Inside The Box was written by Joe Bennett. Copyright 2012 Rockschool Ltd. Backing track used with permission of Rockschool.

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