Home

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. The cookies cannot identify you.
If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this.
If you want to use the sites without cookies or would like to know more, you can find out more on the Information Commissioner's web site.
You can see full details of the cookies we use on gloucestershire.gov.uk/cookies/

Skip to main content
CENTRE CLOSURE

The Centre and Office will be closed on Tuesday 17th July, Monday 6th to Friday 10th August and Friday 31st August 2018 for staff training and annual instrument stock check.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

Double Bass

Lessons you can take:

We offer double bass lessons through some of our music centres such as Five Valleys Music Centre in Stroud and Brookfield Music Centre in Churchdown.


When to start:

Secondary school (because of the size). Mini-basses are available for those who wish to start earlier


Costs:

Hire:

We charge £26.90 per term, plus VAT where applicable (instruments are available in several sizes so we recommend that you hire until a full-size or three quarter size instrument is required). Find out more about hiring from us.

Buy:

From about £1000 for a new student outfit. (bass, case & bow). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Second-hand instruments can be hard to find, and buying second-hand can be a minefield. Old instruments are usually preferable to new, but much less so than with cellos. Prices can vary between £500 and several thousand pounds depending on quality, so never buy second-hand without seeking your teacher's advice.

Other:

Strings may need replacement, but it's very rare for bass strings to break - cost between £10 - £15.


Pros/cons:

Pros:

Much the easiest of the string family to play - making it well suited to late starters. There is a shortage of bass players which means you will be very much in demand - not just for orchestras but also folk and jazz groups. (Double Bass and Bass Guitar have the same fingering - you might like to double).

Cons:

It's very large! - you will need suitable transport. You don't get to play the tune very often!

Find out more about the double bass the BBC’s guide to the orchestra.

Help us improve Gloucestershire music

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.