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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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Easy to intermediate arrangements designed to bring out the finest qualities of the cello. Includes folksongs, dances and works by Debussy, Chopin and Brahms. The cello part is also included on a separate insert.
Easy to intermediate arrangements designed to bring out the finest qualities of the cello.

Contents:

  • Ah So Pure (Martha)   Performed by Friedrich Von Flotow
  • Andante (Tschaikowksy) 
  • Angel's Serenade  Performed by Francisco Ernani Braga
  • Ave Maria  Performed by Johann Sebastian Bach; Charles Gounod
  • Ave Maria Op.52 No.6   Performed by Franz Schubert
  • Barcarolle (Les Contes D'hoffmann)   Performed by Jacques Offenbach
  • Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms 
  • Berceuse (Godard) 
  • Calm As The Night (Bohm) 
  • Cavatina  Performed by Joachim Raff
  • Chanson Triste  Performed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Cielito Lindo (Fernandez) 
  • Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes 
  • Elegie (Massenet) 
  • Good-bye (Tosti) 
  • Habanera (Carmen)  Performed by Georges Bizet
  • Humoresque  Performed by Antonin Dvorak
  • I Love Thee  Performed by Edvard Grieg
  • Intermezzo (Cavelleria Rusticana)   Performed by Pietro Mascagni
  • La Cinquantaine  Performed by Gabriel-Marie
  • Largo  Performed by George Frideric Handel
  • Londonderry Air 
  • Melody In F Op.3 No.1   Performed by Anton Rubinstein
  • Minuet In G  Performed by Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Moment Musicale Op.94 No.3   Performed by Franz Schubert
  • My Herat At Thy Sweet Voice (Samson And Delilah) (Saint-Saens) 
  • Nocturne  Performed by Frederic Chopin
  • None But The Lonely Heart (Tschaikowksy) 
  • On Wings Of Song Op.34 No.2   Performed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn
  • Orientale  Performed by Cesar Antonovich Cui
  • Poeme  Performed by Zdenek Fibich
  • Reverie  Performed by Claude Debussy
  • Romance (Rubinstein) 
  • Salut d'amour  Performed by Edward Elgar
  • Serenade (Drigo) 
  • Serenade (Pierne) 
  • Serenade  Performed by Franz Schubert
  • Silent Night  Performed by Franz Xaver Gruber
  • Simple Aveu (Thome) 
  • Solvejg's Song (Peer Gynt)   Performed by Edvard Grieg
  • Song to the Evening Star  Performed by Richard Wagner
  • Song Without Words (Tschaikowksy) 
  • Songs My Mother Taught Me  Performed by Antonin Dvorak
  • Spring Song  Performed by Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn
  • Sweet Consolation 
  • The Dove (La Paloma)   Performed by Sebastian Yradier
  • The Swan (Carnival Of The Animals)   Performed by Camille Saint-Saens
  • Then You'll Remember Me (Balfe) 
  • To Spring (An Den Fruhling)   Performed by Edvard Grieg
  • Traumerei (Kinderscenen) Op.15 No.7  
  • Valse Triste (Sibelius) 
  • Waltz  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Wiegenlied (Cradle Song) 
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