Bass Grade 1
Internationally recognised Bass Grades for rock and pop bassists
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The February to March deadline is 14 December
Bass Grade 1
At Bass Grade 1, you'll be introduced to fundamental music theory and technique that all rock and pop bassists need. Your skills will be evaluated in a short exam that combines Rockschool tunes with pieces of your own choice*.
Key Skills at Grade 1
What you'll learn at Grade 1:
What You're Marked On
Your Bass Grade 1 exam lasts 20 minutes and is split into five key sections.
At Grade 1:
A selection will be asked from three sections:
Sight Reading or Improvisation
At Grade 1 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation.
There are two ear tests at Grade 1: Melodic and Rhythmic Recall. These help develop the two key bass skills of lead and rhythm playback.
General Musicianship Questions
General Musicianship Questions are included to test your musical understanding and further instrumental knowledge. The five questions are broken down as follows:
These files are extracts from Rockschool's Companion Guides for Bass Book.
Your Grade 1 exam lasts 20 minutes for a Grade Exam or 15 minutes for a Performance Certificate. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.
Get Started Today!
You can start working towards your Bass Grade 1 exam now! Simply buy or download the Bass Grade 1 book, and start preparing alongside your bass teacher.
If you don't have a bass teacher, you can quickly find the nearest teacher to you with our handy find a music teacher map.