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/Benny Goodman

”Koko” - Bop/Charlie Parker

”Freddie Freeloader” - Cool Jazz/Miles Davis

”Cheek To Cheek” - Irving Berlin

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

”All Of Me” - 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

”Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine” - Show Boat

”Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” - Oklahoma

”Surrey With The Fringe On Top” - Oklahoma

”Maria” - West Side Story

”Cool” - West Side Story

”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 with Dionne Warwick

”Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” - Hal David/Burt Bacharach with Dionne Warwick

”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