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 VIOLINS

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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A varied selection of attractive pieces which provide an excellent introduction to the repertoire. The performance notes on each piece include guidance on ornaments and rhythmic interpretation, an invaluable tool in teaching baroque style and technique. A separate violin part fully edited with bowings, dynamics and articulation marks for stylish performance on a modern violin is inlcuded. With pieces by all the major composers and violin virtuosi of the day. Each book also contains notes on the composers and sources.

Contents: 

  • Tempo di Minuetto from Partia No. 2 in G, TWV 41:G2 [Georg Philipp Telemann]
  • Largo in G from Sonata in G, Op. 2 No. 5 [Johann Christoph Pepusch]
  • Allegro from Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 12 [Giuseppi Tartini]
  • Minuetto from Sonata in B flat, Op. 1 No. 8 [Johann Adam Birkenstock]
  • Largo in D from Sonata in B minor, Op. 2 No. 7 [Johann Christoph Pepusch]
  • Sarabanda from Suite No. 1 in D minor [Johann Walther]
  • Gavotte La Romaine from Sonata in D, Op. 7 No. 4 [François Duval]
  • Aria from Sonata in G, Op. 8 No. 4 [William De Fesch]
  • Sarabanda from Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 7 [Michele Mascitti]
  • Gavotta from Sonata in E minor, Op. 2 No. 9, RV 16 [Antonio Vivaldi]
  • Cantabile from Sonatina No. 6 in F, TWV 41:F1 [Georg Philipp Telemann]
  • Aria from Suite No. 19 in B flat [Johann Walther]
  • Largo in D minor from Sonata No. 1 in F [Francesco Maria Veracini]
  • Corrente from Op. 4 [Marco Uccellini]
  • Sarabanda from Sonata in E minor, Op. 5 No. 8 [Arcangelo Corelli]
  • Allegretto from Sonata in A, Op. 5 No. 3 [Giuseppi Tartini]
  • Largo in A minor from Sonata No. 5 in C [Francesco Maria Veracini]
  • Allegro from Sonata in G, RV 25 [Antonio Vivaldi]
  • Affettuoso from Sonatina No. 4 in G, TWV 41:G3 [Georg Philipp Telemann]
  • Siciliana from Sonata in D, Op. 8 No. 1 [William De Fesch]
  • Menuetto 1 & 2 from Sonata in G, Op. 1 No. 3 [Wenceslaus Wodiczka]
  • Larghetto from Sonata in A, Op. 8 No. 5 [William De Fesch]
  • Siciliana from Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 6 [Wenceslaus Wodiczka]
  • Allegro from Sonata in D, Op. 1 No. 6 [Giovanni Battista Somis]
  • Gavotta from Sonata in E minor, Op. 2 No. 10 [Michele Mascitti]
  • Siciliana from Partia No. 2 in G, TWV 41:G2 [Georg Philipp Telemann]
  • Andante from Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 13 [Johann Christoph Pepusch]
  • Preludio from Sonata in F, Op. 5 No. 10 [Arcangelo Corelli]
  • Cantabile from Sonata No. 6 in G [Carl Graun]
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