Grade 5

At Grade 5, you can learn about picking and the use of distortion. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 4 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 5 Bass song list

The Grade 5 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 5 Bass is available now - Books From Boxes by Maximo Park

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Demonstrating a good plectrum technique

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Improvising the bass line

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Alternating between a clean and distorted sound and playing syncopation and slides

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: I Get High On You, Moving To New York, My Generation, The Raggle Taggle Gypsies, Time Is Running Out, When I Come Around

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