Bass Grade 4

The Bass Grade 4 book is your essential study companion for your exam, with in-depth coverage of expressive playing techniques such as ghost notes, dynamic control and vibrato alongside deeper theoretical knowledge.

What you'll learn at Grade 4

  • Dynamic control, ghost notes, vibrato, solo and improvisation work
  • Major and Natural Minor. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. Blues scales, Major, Minor and Dominant 7th arpeggios
  • Playback and performance skills

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Bass Grade 4 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
  • James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
  • Gladys Knight - Midnight Train To Georgia
  • Justin Timberlake - Rock Your Body
  • Lawson - Brokenhearted
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers - I Shot The Sheriff
  • Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.


Page 33
Improvisation & Interpretation - A closing repeat mark has been added to the final bar. (Updated 5 April 2012)
Pages 21-24
Noisy Neighbour - The F# minor chord in bar 21 (p.23) has been corrected to A minor. (Updated 28 June 2016)
Page 31
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)
Pages 17-20
B & B Scene - The E natural in bar 1 of the notation has been moved back by one eighth-note to match the audio. (Updated 5 April 2018)

Learn more about the Bass Grade 4 syllabus