Bass Performance Degree at CofC

History of Popular Music sound files


Earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance on Electric and/or Acoustic Bass.

Receive individual instruction designed to lead to a professional performing career.

Receive weekly one hour private lessons on electric and/or acoustic bass.

Learn prominent bass styles and techniques used in jazz, pop, rock and funk.

Develop the professional prowess to successfully deal with potential clientele including club owners and managers.

Learn to interpret lead sheets, understand chord symbols, read music and much more.

Get the know-how to set-up your bass for maximum playing efficiency.

Realize your maximum potential in all music related areas.

Learn proven physical relaxation techniques to maximize your abilities.

Current and former students perform professionally in Charleston and the surrounding areas.

Five jazz combos and a reading ensemble provide ample performing opportunities

Highly qualified jazz professors offer instruction on many different instruments.

listen to bass and piano performances and compositions of Frank Duvall

Visit the CofC Music Department website for more information

phone: (843) 819-6570


Song title is followed by test information - for instance, the first selection on Test 1,
'Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair', is the song title. Know that it's a 'Parlor song' for the test.

Test #1 listening

Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair - Parlor song

De Boatman’s Dance - Minstrel Song

Oh Susanna - Minstrel Song performed in the home

Old Folks At Home - Plantation Song

Grandfather’s Clock - verse/chorus format

Beautiful Dreamer - simplified Opera style for home use

After The Ball - Waltz

De Golden Wedding - James Bland

Gypsy Love Song - Operetta

Yankee Doodle Boy - George M Cohan

Stars and Stripes Forever - John Phillip Sousa

Test #2 listening

Maple Leaf Rag - Ragtime/Scott Joplin

At A Georgia Camp Meeting - Cakewalk

Under The Bamboo Tree - Ragtime Song

Castle House Rag - Ragtime Dance

Hellhound On My Trail - Country Blues/Robert Johnson

St. Louis Blues - Classic Blues/Bessie Smith

Alexander’s Ragtime Band - Blues style in popular song

If I Had You - Foxtrot

Copenhagen - Fletcher Henderson

Whispering - Paul Whiteman

April Showers - Al Jolson

Fascinating Rhythm - George & Ira Gershwin

After You’ve Gone - Bing Crosby

Dippermouth Blues - New Orleans Style/Joe “King” Oliver

Grandpa’s Spells - Jelly Roll Morton

West End Blues - Louis Armstrong

Wrapping’ It Up - Big Band/Fletcher Henderson

Harlem Air Shaft - Duke Ellington

I’ve Found A New Baby - Small Group Jazz/Bennie Goodman

Koko - Bop/Charlie Parker

Freddie Freeloader - Cool Jazz/Miles Davis

Cheek To Cheek - Irving Berlin

All Of Me Crooner style - Crooner vocal style/Russ Columbo

All Of Me Jazz style - Jazz vocal style/Billie Holiday

My Funny Valentine - Rogers & Hart

Choo Choo Ch Boogie - Jump Band/Louis Jordan

Test #3 listening

Old Man River - Show Boat/Kern & Hammerstein

Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine - Show Boat/Kern & Hammerstein

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning - Oklahoma/Rogers & Hammerstein

Surrey With The Fringe On Top - Oklahoma/Rogers & Hammerstein

Maria - West Side Story/Bernstein & Sondheim

Cool - West Side Story/Bernstein & Sondheim

Your Cheatin’ Heart - Hank Williams

Wildwood Flower - Carter Family

Blue Yodel #11 - Jimmy Rodgers

Wabash Cannonball - Roy Acuff

Mighty Dark To Travel - Bluegrass/Bill Monroe

Steel Guitar Rag - Western Swing/Bob Wills

Much Too Young To Die - Honky Tonk/Ray Price

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - Hank Williams

El Manisero/Peanut Vendor - Rumba

Complicación - Tito Puente

Desafinado - Bossa Nova

Ojos - Salsa

Quilombo - Samba

Roll ‘Em Pete - Boogie Woogie/Pete Johnson

Shake Rattle & Roll - Jump Band

They Call Me Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters

Stormy Monday Blues - Blues/T-Bone Walker

Johnny B Goode - Check Berry

The Golden Gate Gospel Train - a cappella gospel quartet

How I Got Over - Clara Ward

Have Mercy, Baby - Dominos

That’ll Be The Day - Buddy Holly

Tracks Of My Tears - Motown Pop

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

Think - Aretha Franklin

Test #4 listening - PLUS listening from Tests #1, #2 & #3

Alfie - Hal David/Burt Bacharach

Do You Know The Way To San Jose? - Hal David/Burt Bacharach

Another Hundred People - Stephen Sondheim

Soon - Stephen Sondheim

Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies To Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Outlaw Country

The Grand Tour - George Jones

Don’t Get Above Your Raising - Neo-traditional Country/Ricky Scaggs

Coat Of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

9 to 5 - Dolly Parton

Chasin’ The Trane - John Coltrane

Fall - Miles Davis

Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock

Birdland - Fusion/Weather Report

Cherokee - Neo-traditional Jazz/Wynton Marsalis

So In Love - Chick Corea

Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire

Africa Talks To You - Sly & the Family Stone

Give Up The Funk - George Clinton

Good Times - disco

1 Million Bottlebags - Rap