ABRSM Double Bass Initial Grade, 2020-2023

ABRSM LogoPlease use the links below to find the titles recommended in the ABRSM Exam Syllabus:

Initial Grade Pieces
One piece must be chosen from each of Lists A, B and C.
Please note that the first three pieces in each list are found in the ABRSM Double Bass Exam Pack:

ABRSM Double Bass Exam Pack Initial Grade

LIST A
1 Margery Dawe Canada – Sleigh Ride, from More Travel Tunes
2 Sheila Nelson Fish Cakes and Apple Pie
3 Christopher Norton New Toy, No. 9 from Microjazz for Starters
4 Catherine Elliott Rondo Duo (upper part; ending at b. 24), The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)
5 Trad. Twinkle Duet, arr. Elliott (upper part, The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)
6 Peter Furniss Round and Round starting at letter B No. 8 (not 8a) from In Concert: Brilliant Solos for Beginner Bass (Da Capo)
7 Katrina Gordon Twittering Sparrows, No. 7 from Feathered Friends (Recital Music)
8 Trad. Down by the station, arr. Elliott Ready Steady Go (Bartholomew, piano accompt.)
9 Trad. The Jolly Miller, arr. Elliott Ready Steady Go (Bartholomew, piano accompt.)
10 Trad. Miss Mary Mac, arr. Lillywhite, Marshall, Hussey & Sebba, Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1 (Collins Music, piano accompt.)

LIST B
1 Thomas Gregory Silent Friends
2 Edward Huws Jones Gone for Good, No. 12 from Ten O’Clock Rock
3 Trad. Spiritual All night, all day, arr. Iles
4 Catherine Elliott Swan Song, The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 2 (Boosey & Hawkes)
5 Peter Furniss So Slow No. 7 (not 7a) from In Concert: Brilliant Solos for Beginner Bass (Da Capo)
6 Katrina Gordon Flight of the Swallows, No. 5 from Feathered Friends, (Recital Music)
7 Thomas Gregory Footprints in the Snow, Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 1 (Vamoosh)
8 Sheila Nelson Lullaby, No. 12 from Right From the Start, (slurs optional) arr. Elliott for Double Bass (Boosey & Hawkes)
9 Sheila Nelson Swingalong, ‘E’ version P. 18 from Tetratunes for Double Bass (Boosey & Hawkes)
10 Trad. French Au clair de la lune, arr. Lillywhite, Marshall, Hussey & Sebba, Abracadabra Double Bass, Book 1 (Collins Music piano accompt.)

LIST C
1 Edward Huws Jones Ten O’Clock Rock, No. 9 from Ten O’Clock Rock
2 Peter Martin Hop Scotch, No. 2 from Child’s Play
3 Peter Wilson Bow Rock, No. 4 from Stringpops 1
4 Jan Faulkner Bowling Along, No. 1 from First Bass, (slurs optional) (Recital Music)
5 Jan Faulkner Raggy Times, No. 4 from First Bass (Recital Music)
6 Thomas Gregory Walk on Mars! (Slides optional; observing DC, as in accomp.) Vamoosh Double Bass, Book 1 (Vamoosh)
7 Sheila Nelson Don’t Bother Me, No. 13 from Right From the Start, for Double Bass (Boosey & Hawkes)
8 Sheila Nelson Manchester United ‘(E’ version; with 1st repeat P. 28) from Tetratunes for Double Bass (Boosey & Hawkes)
9 Sheila Nelson Off We Go! The Essential String Method, Double Bass Book 1 (Boosey & Hawkes)
10 Tony Osborne Russian Circus The Really Easy Bass Book (Faber)

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