Grade 3

At Grade 3, you can learn about syncopation and articulation. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 2 Session skills.

Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to play your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.

You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the syllabus.

 

Grade 3 Bass song list

The Grade 3 Bass songbook includes everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks. If you want to buy individual songs, choose them from the list below.

An alternative song for Grade 3 Bass is available now - When Tomorrow Comes by The Eurythmics

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Practising rythmic precision in the bass line groove

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Using rests and dampening notes to achieve the groove

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Using subtle variations in articulation and phrasing for accurate interpretation

Session Skills

Players choose Playback or Improvising.

Playback

You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or play by ear from an audio track, or both.

Improvising

You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.
 

Songs: Addicted To Love, All Day And All Of The Night, John Barleycorn, My Iron Lung, Sound And Vision, Sunshine Of Your Love

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