Bass Grade 5

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The Bass Grade 5 book will help you put together what you've learnt so far, covering more sophisticated solo and syncopation techniques including slap-and-pop and hammer-on styles and more.

What you'll learn at Grade 5

  • Slap and pop, hammer-on, complex syncopation, developed solo work
  • Major and Natural Minor, Major and Minor Pentatonic scales, Blues scales. Harmonic Minor scale
  • Major and Minor arpeggios and Major 7th and Minor 7th arpeggios
  • Playback and performance skills

Purchase Options

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

Download Individual Tracks or Tests

* Includes digital versions of the audio, notation and fact files. Learn more.

Title Price (GBP)
Complete Digital Book PDF Sheet Music, Audio Files and Supporting Tests £14.99 Add to Cart
Uptown Funk Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Get Lucky Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
The Bottle Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
September Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Mr. Brightside Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
The Whipping Post Track 6 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Geek Track 7 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Rollin' Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Do Balanço Track 9 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Tiberius Track 10 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Smack Talk Track 11 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Slam Dunk Funk Track 12 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
Supporting Tests Tests and Audio Files £4.49 Add to Cart

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Bass Grade 5 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
  • Bruno Mars/Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk
  • Daft Punk - Get Lucky
  • Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • The Killers - Mr Brightside
  • The Allman Brothers - The Whipping Post
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.


Page 37
Improvisation & Interpretation - A closing repeat mark has been added to the final bar. (Updated 5 April 2012)
Page 35
Technical Exercises – Group C: Riff - The rubric for this test has been updated as follows: In the exam you will be asked to play the following riff to a backing track. The riff shown in bars 1 and 2 should be played in the same rhythmic and melodic shape in bars 3–8, maintaining the same melodic sequence. All notes played must be diatonic to the key signature. The root note of the pattern to be played is shown in the music in bars 3, 5 and 7. (Updated 29 June 2016)

Learn more about the Bass Grade 5 syllabus