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ABRSM Initial Grade:

Exam Packs 2020-2023

VIOLIN: 32PP ISBN 9781786012784

VIOLA: 32PP ISBN 9781786012807

CELLO: 32PP ISBN 9781786012791

DOUBLE BASS: 32PP ISBN 9781786012814

ABRSM £7.50

Grade 1 violin is actually quite hard.

Ditto Grade 1 viola, cello and double bass. It can take even the most enthusiastic young beginner well over a year to be ready to start thinking about preparing for their first exam, and although we all know exams aren’t necessarily the right path for everyone, there’s no denying that they can be helpful for motivation and general raising of standards. The Initial Grade is a new qualification for ABRSM, and it gives string playing newbies a chance to have their skills formally assessed in the first year of learning their chosen instrument.

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We mark 100 years of Elgar’s Cello Concerto and examine Sgarabotto’s violins. Plus interviews Boris Kuschnir, Daniel Müller-Schott and Richard Tognetti, and our annual Cremona supplement.