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Grade Exam Music

This product includes pieces featured in grade exams. Click on a grade to view the full syllabus.

ABRSM Double Bass 2020-2023-4
ABRSM Double Bass from 2024-4  

Sheila Nelson's award winning teaching approach available in a clearly structured progressive method covering all stringed instruments. The Essential String Method develops the pupil as a musician as well as an instrumentalist right from the start through an integrated programme of games, activities, songs and pieces. Developed by Sheila Nelson (violin), Cathy Elliott (Double Bass), Gerald Howard (Cello) and Adrian Thorne (musicianship) in collaboration with The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. A "Millennium Product" Winner.


4 for doh (Nelson)
Afternoon Blues (Howard)
All Aboard (Nelson)
All in a Row (Nelson)
Chocolate Treats (Nelson)
Circles (Nelson)
Cowboy Chorus (Nelson)
First Finger Boogie (Elliott)
Half Past Three (Nelson)
Hoe Down (Fletcher)
Hot Cross Buns (Nelson)
Jackdaw (Nelson)
Lavender's Blue (Elliott)
Low D, High D (Nelson)
Marching (Nelson)
Marching Scale (Nelson)
Merrily we Roll Along (Elliott)
Nearly Asleep (Nelson)
New Waltz (Nelson)
Off We Go (Elliott)
Pease Pudding (Elliott)
Rowing Boats (Elliott)
Sandcastles (Elliott)
Skittles (Elliott)
Spacemen (Nelson)
Spinning (Elliott)
Swing as you Play (Nelson)
The Grand Old Duke of York (Elliott)
Three Brave Mice (Nelson)
Twinkle Duet (Elliott)
Two a Penny (Nelson)
Waltzing Scale (Nelson)

Press Reviews

"Cathy Elliott is one of Britain's leading teachers of young bassists and has used her extensive experience and knowledge to write one of the definitive teaching methods yet produced.  This really is "essential" for all teachers of very young bassists.  Highly recommended."
British & International Double Bass Forum, June 1997

"I have found this material a godsend for reinforcing important steps and giving to students lots of material at the same stage.  I am really looking forward to the next volume"
European String Teachers Association

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