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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.

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