Bass Audition

Our auditions give us the opportunity to find out where you are in terms of your instrumental ability, knowledge and technique. They also give us the opportunity to find out where you want to be, and for us to give guidance on how we may be able to help you get there.

What will I do at my audition?

You will be asked to play a rehearsal piece of your own choosing. Please ensure that your rehearsal piece is at least 1.5 minutes long and no more than 3 minutes long.

You must either play to a backing track, or with an accompanist, or unaccompanied. It is not permitted to play along with a full recording of the song which includes your own part. You can choose to bring your own accompanist, or if you wish to send notation and a recording in advance then the tutor will be happy to accompany you.

You should practice your piece with a metronome at home before the audition, to make sure your timing is solid. You can use a metronome in the audition as well if you want to, but you don’t have to.

When you are playing your rehearsal piece:

  • If you make any mistakes, play on! Try not to stop and repeat phrases.
  • Focus on the clarity of your notes and the tone production, not on being ‘flash’.
Audition Details


1 Hour


You will also be given some audition exercises as follow:

  1. Demonstrate basic fingerstyle technique.
  2. Play the following scales in at least three keys, choose from the list (Major, Natural Minor, Harmonic Minor, Minor Pentatonic or Major Pentatonic).
  3. Demonstrate major and minor arpeggios.
  4. Demonstrate dominant and diminished arpeggios.
  5. Perform a 12 bar blues bassline.
  6. Perform a basic slap bass technique through a prepared example.
  7. Perform an example prepared by the assessor at varied tempos – 60bpm, 80bpm and 120bpm.
  8. Read a bassline from basic bass clef notation.
  9. Ear training – play back a basic riff as performed by the assessor.
  10. Play the assessor a rehearsal piece of your choice.