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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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Vivaldi 6 Sonatas - Cello and Piano Accompaniment, edited by Kolneder

Binding: Saddle stitching
Content text:

  • Sonata I (RV 47)
  • Sonata II (RV 41)
  • Sonata III (RV 43)
  • Sonata IV (RV 45)
  • Sonata V (RV 40)
  • Sonata VI (RV 46)

Difficulty: intermediate to advanced
ISBN: 978-3-7957-9690-7
ISMN: 979-0-001-05665-6
Publisher: Schott Music
page number: 60

 

Antonio  Vivaldi

Born: March 4th, 1678
Died: July 28th, 1741
Country of origin: Italy

Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer and violinist, learnt to play the violin from his father, was ordained as a priest in 1703 and became a 'maestro di violino' at the girls' conservatoire 'Ospedale della Pietà' in Venice for which he wrote most of his works and the concerts of which under his direction became very famous.
From 1716 he was a 'maestro de concerti' there, but in1718 he started to go on numerous trips to Italian cities as well as to Vienna, Prague and Amsterdam, mainly in order to perform his operas. From 1723 to 1725, he lived in Rome for the most part. An intrigue led to Vivaldi's financial ruin as an operatic impresario in 1737 and forced him to leave Italy. He died destitute in Vienna.
Vivaldi was one of the greatest violinists of his time. His significance as an instrumental composer is primarily based on his almost 500 concertos varied in form, instrumentation and character which decisively influenced the development of the genre in the late Baroque era. Among them are about 350 concertos for solo instrument and orchestra (about 230 of them for violin, the others for almost all instruments common at that time), more than 40 double concertos, over 30 for three to four soloists, about 30 group concertos without tutti, and about 60 string concertos without solo instruments which can be regarded as an early form of the symphony.
The concertos (e.g. 'The Four Seasons', 1725) are in three-movement form throughout, the first movement usually showing a clear ritornello structure. Their characteristic features are a subtly nuanced instrumentation, an effective melodic structure (especially in the slow middle movements influenced by the opera) and a lively rhythm. Vivaldi's style had a formative influence on many composers, as for example Bach's arrangements of his works show. Furthermore, Vivaldi wrote 46 operas (21 extant), three oratorios, more than 90 sonatas and trios, and numerous secular and sacred vocal works.
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