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Bass guitar Grading Sylabus

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by yoshi, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    (sorry if this makes no sense if I've totally misunderstood the concept of grading)
    Hiya, could any of you help me out here, im after a rough sylabus (requirements) of the grading levels for bass guitar (from 1-8 if possible). Im currently a no-grade, or no-lesson, and was curious as

    a) what I'd need to know to achieve grades
    b) what i dont know, so i can learn it

    The main reason i ask is due to wantng to join a local 'group' of musicians, who sections members off into different music catergorys (jazz, blues etc), but a friend who plays saxophone for them asked what grade I was and when I replied 'im not' she informed me that they accept you based on your grades.

    Please dont repy with a post saying 'get a teacher you scruffy student' etc ;)

    Edit: oh yeah, i perfomed a search on this forum under 'Grading sylabus' and then 'Grading' with no luck.
  2. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    wow, thanks ;)
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Thats kind of neat. Makes me want to practice to be grade 8 :D
  4. From looking through that, it shows that there is a specialist section, in which there is a choice of either sight reading OR solo bass.

    Does this mean that grade 8 can be achieved with no ability to read music?
  5. WhoDoVooDoo


    Oct 21, 2002
    Sight reading is different from reading music. People who can play advanced material might be able to sight read at only a very basic level. Sight reading is (for lack of a better definition) reading music quickly...if you're given a score (that you've never seen), you can play it pretty accurately the first time through...you need to be familiar with many things -- keys, intervals, chords, harmonic progressions, etc. It can be a difficult skill to master (depending on what you're sight reading). I'm pretty sure reading music is a necessity.
  6. here's what I found to do with reading music

    Topics covered include:
    Developing bass lines; utilising bass patterns; scales & arpeggios; improvisation; contemporary music theory and ear training.
    (There is no requirement to read traditionally notated music)

    Just so everybody knows.

    That's good for me.


    Actually, that may have been taken out of context, that was written about the examination handbooks.
    however, it doesn't seem likethey test you on reading music.