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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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The volumes in this new series contain duos, trios and quartets, their degree of difficulty ranging from easy through intermediate to advanced. Every piece is a transcription or an arrangement, since in editing the volumes our primary concern was to provide a collection of valuable and interesting compositions, as freely variable as possible as regards instrumentation, for music school students and also for adults who make music for their own pleasure. The range and pitch of the parts enable the works to be performed on any required or possible combination of the given instruments. The pieces in this volume from the Ad libitum series can be easily performed by beginners or amateur instrumental musicians and offer the largest variety of instrumentation. Easy arrangements of various countries' folk songs, compositions by less prominent composers (Albrecht, Behr, Berens, Bréval) as well as popular pieces that so far have been only offered in a limited variety of instrumentation, such as the dance movements by Krieger, Haydn and Mozart, are included in the volume. A special feature is represented by a series of movements existing in collections (18th-century dances from the Linus Collection, American songs from the 19th century and dances from the Kajoni Codex).

Contents

1. Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo: Canzona

2. Hassler, Hans Leo: Gagliarda ('Tanzen und Springen', Lustgarten Neuer Teutscher Gesäng. Balletti, Gagliarden und Intraden, 1601)

3. Krieger, Johann: Bourrée (Musicaliesche Partien, 1697)

4. Ismeretlen szerző: Sarabande

5. Dances from the 17th century (Codex Caioni, 1634-1671)

6. Telemann, Georg Philipp: Gavotte (Ouverture in C-dur, TWV 55: C3)

7. Green, James: Anthem ('Sing unto the Lord', Book of Psalmody, 1738)

8. Bach, Johann Christian: Allegretto

9. Haydn, Joseph: Menuett (16 Menuette, Hob. IX:3, No. 4)

10. Haydn, Joseph: German dance (10 Menuette (Ballo tedescho), Hob. IX:22, No. 3)

11. Bréval, Jean Baptiste: Andantino (Six Favorite Airs with Variations for a Violin and Violoncello, Op. 9, No. 1)

12. Bréval, Jean Baptiste: Grazioso (Six Favorite Airs with Variations for a Violin and Violoncello, Op. 9, No. 3)

13. Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Menuett (16 Menuette, K 176, No. 12)

14. Zempléni László: Dances from the 18th century (Linus Collection)

15. Rhinehart, W. R.: American songs from the 19th century (American Church Harp, 1848)

16. Berens, Hermann: Andante (50 piano pieces for first beginners, No. 7)

17. Behr, Franz: French children's song (Zum Vorspielen. 29 kleine Vortragsstücke für Piano, Op. 575, No. 1)

18. Albrecht, Eugen Maria: Allegretto

19. Zempléni László: Folk songs of nations

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