At Grade 2, you can learn how to play a boogie-woogie bass line, how to play a riff or how to play fills. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 1 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.
The Grade 2 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 2 Bass is available now - Chasing Pavements by Adele
How to play one of the best-known rock riffs of all time
Playing quaver rests and staccato notes in the two bar grooves
Players choose Playback or Improvising.
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.
You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.
Songs: Comfortably Numb, Mean Jumper Blues, Need You Tonight, Rock Around The Clock, Spirit In The Sky, You Really Got Me
Real songs. Real skills. Real progress.
'Imagine you’ve just walked on stage [with] 20,000 people screaming your name.'
Improvisation is a key skill for contemporary musicians. Many of the best tracks you hear came from studio improvisation sessions.