Bass Grade 8

The Bass Grade 8 book will be indispensable as you tackle the complex performance and theoretical challenges of Grade 8, which also earns UCAS points towards a university application.

What you'll learn at Grade 8

  • Time signature changes, two-handed tapping, fast blues basslines
  • Whole Tone, Diminished, Natural Minor and Altered scales, Dominant 7♯5, Dominant 7♭5, Dominant 7♯9, Dominant 7♭9 Arpeggios and Dominant 7th, Major 7th and Minor 7th chords. Diminished arpeggio and Stylistic Study
  • Session work

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The digital version includes the book (PDF format), all tracks and supporting tests. Learn more about your purchasing options.

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Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £15.99 Add to Cart
Palladium Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
You Can Call Me Al Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Ashes To Ashes (Live version) Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Tommy The Cat Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
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Lead Sheet Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
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Bass Grade 8 features:

  • 6 new arrangements of iconic rock, pop, and contemporary music tracks from classic and contemporary artists & 6 Rockschool Originals
  • The most diverse selection of contemporary music ever seen in a syllabus making the Grades accessible to everyone without precluding any musical tastes
  • Fact Files: band and artist background information with recommended listening
  • Walkthroughs: in-depth guidance on every track
  • Downloadable audio: easily access audio content online
  • All the essential music theory and technique you need to pass your exams
  • Weather Report - Palladium
  • Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
  • David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
  • Primus - Tommy The Cat
  • Chaka Khan - Move Me No Mountain
  • Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster (Jammin')
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

The is no errata for this book.


Page 41
Technical Exercises – Group A: Scales - The whole tone scales on page 41 have been updated. See file: RSK051218_Bass_Grade8_p41_13Aug2013.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 13 August 2013)
How do I download the updated audio?
Pages 17-22
Lead Sheet - Closing repeat mark in bar 6 (p.18) removed. (Updated 10 July 2015)
Page 50
Ear Tests – Test 1: Melodic Recall - The notation and audio for Test 1: Melodic Recall (p.50) have been updated. See file: RSK051218_Bass_Grade8_p50_10Jul2015.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 10 July 2015)
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Learn more about the Bass Grade 8 syllabus