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All About the Bass - Bass Line Riffs Resources

All About the Bass - Cover and Homework Activities

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All About the Bass - Music Theory

All About the Bass - 5 Minutes Silent Reading

For teachers who prefer to begin their lessons with quiet, focused openers.  All contain “Questions to Think About” which can also be used as Cover or Homework tasks.

1. Bass Clef and Bass Clef Notation

2 & 3. Musical Instruments that use the Bass Clef A & B.

4. The Bass Guitar

5. Bass Line Patterns

All About the Bass - Plenary Review Activities

A series of lesson reviews where pupils review their learning and understanding.

All About the Bass - DOITNOW (Starters) and Plenary Activities

All About the Bass - “DOITNOW” Presentation

Cutting down on printables, file storage and media files, the “new look” Musical Contexts “DOITNOW” All About the Bass lesson openers Presentation contains  a wealth (only two samples shown here), of effective “DOITNOW’s” when delivering the All About the Bass unit in just one place - all audio and video files are embedded and there’s accompanying Teacher’s Notes in the “slide comments” section. 

Bass Clef Reading and Notation forms the foundation of this unit which explores a range of commonly used Bass Line Patterns within a variety of different types, styles, and genres of music from different times and places. 

Pupils begin by exploring the various meanings of the term ‘bass’ before looking at the Bass Clef and the names of the notes in the lines, spaces and ledger lines on the Bass Stave.  Instruments and voices which use the Bass Clef are referred to throughout the unit. 

Bass Line Riffs, as short, memorable, repeated Bass Line Patterns are explored as pupils realise and perform some famous Bass Line Riffs from Bass Clef Notation from the genres of Rap and/or Hip-Hop.

Pupils then explore Walking Bass Line Patterns in the genres of Jazz, Blues, Rhythm and Blues and Rock and Roll, constructing a Walking Bass Line using Chords I, IV and V using notes of the chords (root, third and fifth) and ‘extra’ Passing Notes, performing a Rock and Roll-style song constructed on a Walking Bass Line and using Bass Line Riffs. 

The concept of prolonging a Bass Line chord by performing the notes separately, using Arpeggios, Broken Chords and Alberti Bass Line patterns, are explored through a range of music from different genres including Classical and Modern Solo Piano Music, Surf Rock, Popular Songs and Rock and Roll, all with short, structured performing, composing, and listening and appraising activities.

Finally, pupils explore “pedals”, and how a Bass Line note can be sustained or repeated over a long period of time, as a pedal note, exploring their use in Baroque Music, Organ and Keyboard Toccatas, Jazz, Popular Song and Film Music.

All About the Bass - Walking Bass Line Resources

All About the Bass - Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways

All About the Bass - Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways

Includes Scheme of Work Overview, Unit Learning Objectives, Learning Outcomes and Lesson Pathways.

All About the Bass - Alberti Bass Line Resources

All About the Bass - Arpeggios and Broken Chords Resources

All About the Bass - Pedals and Pedal Notes Resources

Key Words, Concepts and Musical Knowledge

Bass Line, Bass Clef, Bass Clef Staff Notation, Stave, Staff, Lines/Spaces, Pitch, Musical Instruments that use the Bass Clef, The Bass Guitar

Chords: Root, Third, Fifth, Passing Notes

Bass Line Patterns: Walking Bass, Bass Line Riffs, Alberti Bass, Broken Chords, Arpeggios, Pedal

Music Theory

Bass Clef Staff Notation

Links to GCSE Music

Popular Music/Conventions of Pop

Film Music/Music for Film/Music for Stage and Screen

 

 

 

 

Bass Clef Staff Notation

Naming notes in the Bass Clef. 

Contains Answers

Bass Clef Staff Notation 2

Naming notes in the Bass Clef. 

 

Funeral March from Beethoven’s Symphony No.7

Naming notes in the Bass Clef including sharps.  Could be performed. 

Green Onions

Naming notes in the Bass Clef of a 12-bar Blues Bass Line including flats.  Could be performed. 

 

 

All About the Bass

Drawing Bass Clefs, naming and identifying notes in the Bass Clef.

All About the Bass Crossword

Crossword covering key words relating to All About the Bass. 

Contains answers.

 

 

Bass Clef Hip-Hop Riffs to Perform

Four famous Hip-Hop riffs given in the Bass Clef with and without note names to perform.

Bass Clef Rap Riffs to Perform

Four two-part famous Rap riffs given in the Treble and Bass Clefs with and without note names to perform.

 

 

Learning about Walking Bass Lines

Listening to solo and ensemble Walking Bass Lines and constructing a Walking Bass Line pattern using Chords I, IV and V in C Major.  Contains answers.

Walking Bass Audio - Various Walking Bass Examples

Rock and Roll Around

Rock and Roll-style song using a Walking Bass Line in the 12-Bar Blues style using Chords I, IV and V in C Major with 2 Bass Line Riffs and Song Melody for small ensemble performing.  Full score of all four parts also included.  

 

Learning about Alberti Bass Lines

5-page Study Guide (can be spread over 2 lessons or content selected) covering Alberti Bass Line patterns from chords.

Listening, theory, notation and performing activities.  Classical piano sonatas of Mozart and Thomas Attwood, solo piano music of Ludovico Einaudi and Surf Rock by The Chantays. 

Some scores have been adapted and transposed from the originals.  Teacher’s Notes and Answers provided.

Alberti Bass Audio 1 - “Experience” (Ludovico Einaudi)                Alberti Bass Audio 2 - “Pipeline” (The Chantays)

 

Learning about Arpeggios and Broken Chords

6-page Study Guide (can be spread over 2 lessons or content selected) covering Arpeggio and Broken Chord Bass Line Patterns.

Listening, analysis, theory, and performing activities covering popular and Rock ‘n’ Roll songs and Classical chamber music. 

Some scores have been adapted and transposed from the originals.  Teacher’s Notes and Answers provided.

Arpeggios & Broken Chords Audio 1 - Extract from “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen)                     Arpeggios & Broken Chords Audio 2 - “Hound Dog” (Elvis Presley)

Arpeggios & Broken Chords Audio 3 - “Heart & Soul” (Piano Duet Version)          Arpeggios & Broken Chords Audio 4 - “Heart & Soul” (Song Version)

Arpeggios & Broken Chords Audio 5 - Opening of 1st movement from Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)

 

Learning about Pedals

6-page Study Guide (can be spread over 2 lessons or content selected) covering Pedals (instruments that use pedals, their function and pedal notes).

Listening, analysis, performing and composing activities covering Baroque Music, Toccatas, Jazz, Popular Song and Film Music.

Some scores have been adapted and transposed from the originals.  Teacher’s Notes and Answers provided.

Pedals Video 1 - Toccata in F Major (J. S. Bach)                       Pedals Video 2 - “The Intruder” Short Film with on-screen timer                        Pedals  Audio 1 - “Fantasia upon One Note” (Purcell)                    

Pedals Audio 2 - “Fugue in C Major No.1” from ’48 Preludes & Fugues’ (J. S. Bach)                        Pedals Audio 3 - “Shhh/Peaceful” (Miles Davis)                        Pedals Audio 4 - “You Keep Me Hanging On” (The Supremes)

Pedals Audio 5 - “The Phone Booth” from the soundtrack of ‘North by Northwest’ (Bernard Herrmann)