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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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Compatible Christmas Duets for Cello (Fischer)

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The intention of Compatible Christmas Duets For Strings is to provide instrument players the opportunity to play fifty popular Christmas carols in arrangements for two instruments.

These duets will work with any combination of any two instruments, so you can play carols with your friends no matter what instrument they play. There are endless possibilities for using duet combinations for fun and entertainment around the holidays. You can play for family, friends, or in a concert setting.

Compatible Christmas Duets For Strings provides you with interesting and playable arrangements. It can also help to make practice time fun around the holidays and can be used with friends and teachers as well. One of the best ways to improve as a player is to play in small chamber groups and duets are the easiest way to get started. Playing duets with others of similar ability levels or even of greater ability will help to stimulate the growth of your playing.

Contents:

  • Angels From The Realms Of Glory [Smart, Henry] 
  • Angels We Have Heard On High 
  • As Lately We Watched 
  • Auld Lang Syne 
  • Away in a Manger (I) [Murray, James.R] 
  • Away in a Manger (II) [Kirkpatrick, William James] 
  • Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella 
  • Bright And Joyful Is The Morn 
  • Carol of the Bells [Wilhousky, Peter] 
  • Christmas Greeting
  •  Come, All Ye Shepherds 
  • Coventry Carol 
  • Deck The Halls 
  • El Rorro (The Baby) 
  • First Noel, the 
  • English Carol 
  • Gesu Bambino (Infant Jesus) 
  • Go Tell It On The Mountain 
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice 
  • Good King Wenceslas 
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 
  • He Is Born, This Holy Child 
  • Here We Come A-wassailing 
  • Holly And The Ivy, The 
  • I Saw Three Ships 
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring [Bach, Johann Sebastian] 
  • Jingle Bells [Pierpont, James] 
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas 
  • Joy To The World [Handel, George Frideric]
  •  Lullaby Carol 
  • March from The Nutcracker Suite [Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich] 
  • In A Manger He Is Lying 
  • It Came upon a Midnight Clear [Willis, Richard S.]
  •  March of the Toys [Herbert, Victor] 
  • O Christmas Tree 
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful [Wade, John Francis] 
  • O Come Little Children [Schulz, Johann] 
  • O Come, 0 Come, Emmanuel 
  • O Holy Night [Adam, Adolphe] 
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem [Redner, Louis H.] 
  • Patapan 
  • Rise Up Shepherd, and Follow 
  • Search for an Inn, The (Pedida de la Posada)
  •  Silent Night [Gruber, Franz] 
  • Toyland [Herbert, Victor] 
  • Up on the Housetop [Hanby, Benjamin Russell] 
  • We Three Kings [Hopkins, John H.] 
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas 
  • What Child Is This? 
  • While Shepherds Watch Their Flock by Night [Handel, George Frideric]
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