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Colwell Arts Centre is now open on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.

Double Bass

Lessons you can take:

We offer double bass lessons through our small group/individual tuition scheme (school dependant).

When to start:

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



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.


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.


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



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).


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.


GM 'Get Playing' Video Series

Holding the double bass and plucking

Your first few notes

Holding the bow and bowing


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