Lesson 4: Performing the bass

Building upon the previous lesson, pupils play and perform the remainder of the rock and roll bass line, focussing on playing accurately and in time

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To be able to play a rock and roll bass line

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should use the simplified bassline (see Lesson 3: Walking the bass line) and coloured sticky dots to show which notes they should play.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could be challenged to play the bass line in octaves – using both hands each on the same note but eight notes apart.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Laura Barr,  
Music specialist
In her 14 year teaching career, Laura assumed the role of Music Lead, and was Head of Music in a large secondary school. Laura has a passion for working with children with a disadvantaged background, either through deprivation or disability,…
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