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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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String Time Joggers Violin

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This exciting series by the authors of Fiddle Time, Viola Time, and Cello Time provides great new ensemble material for all string groups, whatever their size. The fun and characterful pieces are each scored in either two or three parts, for any combination of violin, viola, and cello; a double bass part is also provided. The flexible scoring means that pieces can be played by any number of players, from one instrument and piano to a full string orchestra, with all combinations in between. An accompanying CD features performances and backings for all the pieces. Topped off with witty illustrations, String Time is a must-have for all those looking for imaginative and enjoyable ensemble repertoire.

This exciting series by the authors of Fiddle Time, Viola Time, and Cello Time provides great new ensemble material for all string groups, whatever their size. The fun and characterful pieces are each scored in either two or three parts, for any combination of violin, viola, and cello; a double bass part is also provided. The flexible scoring means that pieces can be played by any number of players, from one instrument and piano to a full string orchestra, with all combinations in between. An accompanying CD features performances and backings for all the pieces. Topped off with witty illustrations, String Time is a must-have for all those looking for imaginative and enjoyable ensemble repertoire. The violin part is suitable for pupils at the level of Fiddle Time Joggers. A CD containing full performances and backings is included.

Contents:

  • Shark attack! 
  •  Barrier Reef 
  •  Cap'n Jack's Hornpipe 
  • Simple syncopation 
  • Feelin' blue 
  • Broadway or bust 
  • Tinga Layo 
  • Jamaican lullaby 
  • Kingston Calypso 
  • Spy movie 2 
  • Sad movie 
  • Action movie 
  • Cowboy song 
  • Banuwa 

 

MusicFest Set Pieces 2008 Primary School String Orchestra C Grade

 

AUSTAQ SAYS: Various keys/metres. A set of 14 effective and appealing pieces, published in separate books (violin, viola, cello, bass and piano). Arrangements are flexible and also playable as solos. Offers quite good value: the inclusion of 14 pieces offsets the cost of buying separate books for each instrument. Needs piano part. These pieces were not played on the day but many teachers have been using them in their teaching.

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