Wednesday, 8 August 2012

What size violin should I use?

Here is a general guide for violin sizes. Your arm length can be measured between the neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or wrist. The violin size determined by the neck-to-wrist measurement would be more comfortable for students to hold. The measurement shall be taken when your hand is fully extended and raised perpendicular to your body, just like holding a violin. Consider choosing a larger size if the arm length is between two recommended sizes. Please consult your violin teacher if possible.

1/16: for children age 3 or under (arm length 14-15 inches, or 36-38cm)

1/10: for children age 4 to 5 (arm length 15 to 17 inches, or 38-43cm)

1/8: for children age 5 to 6 (arm length 17.1-17.5 inches, or 43-44cm)

1/4: for children age 6 to 7 (arm length 17.6 to 20 inches, or 45-51cm)

1/2: for children age 8 to 9 (arm length 20 to 22 inches, or 51-56cm)

3/4: for children 10-11 (arm length 22 to 23.5 inches, or 56-60cm)

4/4 (full size): for violinists age 9 and above with an arm length of 23.5 inches (60cm) and up.

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