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String Instrument Sizing Guide
This guide is intended to give you a rough idea of the size of instrument your or your child will require. Please note that this is a rough guide only. For best results, you should consult with our string experts or your teacher before purchasing or renting.
THIS IS A GENERAL GUIDE ONLY
One of the most important tasks we find ourselves undertaking at Simply for Strings is to size a student for their instrument. Whilst we always check sizing when you purchase an instrument, it is also important to talk to your teacher first about their thoughts on the appropriate size instrument. It is important to remember that we always err on the side of caution when it comes to instrument sizing. Unlike clothes, you cannot ‘grow into’ an instrument. If the instrument is too large then you will find yourself in severe pain when practising or performing. This often leads to a decrease in practice (and interest), which inevitably leads to the player choosing to forgo learning an instrument. Play pain-free and start with the right size violin, viola, cello or double bass from Simply for Strings.

Measuring Guide for Violin & Viola

Measure in centimeters from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZING FOR VIOLNS

Directions for Measuring: With the player’s arm fully extended and parallel to the floor, measure in centimetres from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZE OF VIOLIN MEASUREMENT (CM) AVERAGE AGE OF CHILD
1/16 35 - 38 CM 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 39 - 42 CM 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 43 - 46 CM 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 47 - 51 CM 6 -7 YRS
1/2 52 - 56 CM 7 - 8 YRS
3/4 57 - 60 CM 9 - 11 YRS
4/4 > 60 CM 11 - 13+ YRS
SIZING FOR VIOLAS

Directions for Measuring: With the player’s arm fully extended and parallel to the floor, measure in centimetres from the neck to the middle of the palm.

SIZE OF VIOLIA MEASUREMENT (CM)
12" 53 - 55 CM
13" 55 - 59 CM
14" 59 - 63 CM
15" 63 - 65 CM
15" 1/2 65 - 67 CM
16" >67 CM
SIZING FOR CELLOS

Directions for Measuring: Sizing cellos is slightly more complicated than sizing violins and violas. The student should be seated at the edge of a chair such that the knees are bent at a ninety-degree angle (feet flat on the floor). The upper edge (back of cello near where the neck joins the body) of the instrument should rest in the centre of the chest (on the sternum) and the C peg should be slightly behind the left ear. The knees should lightly grip the lower bouts ensuring that the corners do not dig into the side of legs. (Corners should be slightly above the inside of the knees). The student should be able to reach both ends of the fingerboard with ease. The chart below shows approximate sizing by age.

Note: 7/8 size cellos are available as well. This can be a useful transitional size or a more comfortable option for those players who prefer a slightly smaller instrument.

SIZE OF CELLO AGE OF CHILD
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 6 YRS
1/4 6 - 8 YRS
1/2 8 - 10 YRS
3/4 10 - 12 YRS
4/4 12 - 13+ YRS
SIZING FOR DOUBLE BASSES

Directions for Measuring: The 3/4 size double bass is the standard size for adults. 7/8 size basses and 4/4 sizes basses are made but they are less commonly used. As a rough guideline, when both the bass and the player are standing upright, the bridge should be approximately at the same height as the large knuckles of the student's right hand. The most important issue is that the instrument is comfortable and that the student can reach the higher registers of the fingerboard without difficulty.
The chart below shows approximate sizing by age.

SIZE OF BASS AGE OF CHILD
1/16 3 - 4 YRS
1/10 4 - 5 YRS
1/8 5 - 7 YRS
1/4 7 - 9 YRS
1/2 9 - 13 YRS
3/4 13+ YRS

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101 Classical Themes for Violin

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This huge collection offers instrumentalists the chance to play 101 classical themes, including: Ave Maria • Bist du bei mir (You Are with Me) • Canon in D • Clair de Lune • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy • 1812 Overture • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (“Serenade”), First Movement Excerpt • The Flight of the Bumble Bee • Funeral March of a Marionette • Fur Elise • Gymnopedie No. 1 • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring • Lullaby • Minuet in G • Ode to Joy • Piano Sonata in C • Pie Jesu • Rondeau • Theme from Swan Lake • Wedding March • William Tell Overture • and many more.

Contents:

  • Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring 
  • Overture 
  • Morning 
  • Rondeau 
  • Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2 
  • Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20 
  • Laudate Dominum 
  • Arioso 
  • Lullaby 
  • Winter 
  • Bridal Chorus 
  • Minuet 
  • Air 
  • Air On The G String 
  • March 
  • Ave Maria 
  • Intermezzo 
  • Prelude in A Major, Op. 28, no. 7 
  • Minuet In G 
  • Pavane 
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 
  • Evening Prayer 
  • Fur Elise 
  • Symphony No. 7 In A Major, Second Movement (Allegretto) 
  • Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Fourth Movement Excerpt 
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ('Serenade'), First Movement Excerpt 
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, First Movement Excerpt 
  • Spring, First Movement 
  • Largo 
  • Dance Of The Spirits 
  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice 
  • Pomp and Circumstance 
  • Andante cantabile 
  • Sinfonia 
  • Flower Duet 
  • Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, Third Movement ('Minuet') 
  • Siciliano 
  • Sheep May Safely Graze 
  • Dance of the Hours 
  • Minuet in G Major 
  • Ode to Joy 
  • Hallelujah Chorus 
  • Hornpipe 
  • The Surprise Symphony 
  • Wedding March 
  • Barcarolle 
  • William Tell Overture 
  • The Happy Farmer 
  • Traumerei 
  • Waltz of the Flowers 
  • Jerusalem 
  • Habanera 
  • Ave Verum (Jesu, Word of God Incarnate) 
  • Bist du bei mir (You are with me) 
  • Can Can 
  • Clair De Lune  
  • Funeral March 
  • Hungarian Dance No. 5 
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King 
  • Melody in F 
  • Spinning Song 
  • Tales from the Vienna Woods 
  • Trumpet Tune 
  • Trumpet Voluntary 
  • Panis Angelicus (O Lord Most Holy) 
  • Blue Danube Waltz 
  • Canon In D 
  • Caro mio ben 
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy 
  • Dance Of The Reed-Flutes 
  • Pie Jesu 
  • Funeral March of a Marionette 
  • The Flight Of The Bumble Bee 
  • Great Gate Of Kiev 
  • Piano Concerto, Op. 16 
  • Liebestraum (Dream Of Love) 
  • Marche Slav, Op. 31 
  • Polovetsian Dances 
  • Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme) 
  • The Skaters (Waltz) 
  • Sleepers, Awake (Wachet Auf) 
  • Piano Sonata No. 8, Op. 13 ('Pathetique'), 2nd Movement 
  • Theme From Swan Lake 
  • TO a Wild Rose 
  • Toreador Song 
  • The Unfinished Symphony (Theme) 
  • Where E'er You Walk 
  • The Wild Horseman, Op. 68, No. 8 
  • Bourree in E Minor 
  • Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, First Movement Excerpt 
  • 1812 Overture 
  • Largo From Symphony No. 9 ('New World') 
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik ('Romance'), Second Movement 
  • Rondo Alla Turca 
  • Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major ('Elvira Madigan'), Second Movement Excerpt 
  • Piano Sonata In C 
  • Badinerie (Suite No. 2) 
  • Harmonious Blacksmith 
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 
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