Bass Grade 3

The Bass Grade 3 book focuses on the key techniques you'll need to master to pass your exam: including walking basslines, ways to improvise, minor and 7th arpeggios and other essential stylistic playing techniques.

What you'll learn at Grade 3

  • Soloing, improvising, walking basslines
  • Major and Natural Minor scales. Major and Minor Pentatonic scales. Blues scales, Major and Minor arpeggios, Dominant 7th arpeggios
  • Playback and performance skills

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Sloop John B Track 1 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Happy Track 2 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Moves Like Jagger Track 3 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Money For Nothing Track 4 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
Sex Machine (Part 1) Track 5 of 12 £3.99 Add to Cart
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Old Bones Blues Track 8 of 12 £2.29 Add to Cart
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Bass Grade 3 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
  • The Beach Boys - Sloop John B
  • Pharrell Williams - Happy
  • Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
  • Dire Straits - Money For Nothing
  • James Brown - Sex Machine
  • The Clash - London Calling
  • 6 Rockschool Originals

There is no errata for this book.


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 shape in bars 3-8. The root note of the pattern to be played is shown in the music in bars 3, 5 and 7. (Updated 9 November 2012)
Pages 21-24
Rasta Monkey - The "To Coda" indication has been moved to the end of bar 24 (p.22).
The rehearsal marks have been updated to match the guitar and drum parts, and the walkthrough has been edited accordingly to account for this. See file: RSK051213_Bass_Grade3_RastaMonkey_22Oct2014.pdf in the _Errata folder of the downloadable content. (Updated 22 October 2014)
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Learn more about the Bass Grade 3 syllabus