How To Choose the Correct Size Instrument

 

Often, the school will send home paperwork indicating the size you need

 

But if you do not have that, there are several easy ways to size your child!

For Violin or Viola

Have your child stand up, and hold their left arm straight out, parallel to the floor, to the side. 

Make sure that the palm is facing up and, using a tape measure, measure from the neck to the wrist.

Using that measurement, you can size them here:

NOTE:  If they are between sizes, opt for the smaller one!

Violin:

If the measurment is 21” or longer, you need a 4/4, or full-size

20”- 3/4 (three quarter size)

19”- 1/2 (half size)

17”- 1/4 (quarter size)

15"- 1/8 (one eighth size)

14”- 1/10 (one tenth size)

13” - 1/16 (sixteenth size

Viola:

Violas are named by the length of the body, so they are named 16 inch, 15 1/2 inch, etc

If the measurement is 24” or longer you need a 16"  (16 inch viola)

23”- 15 ½” 

22”- 15”

21”- 14"

20”- 13"

19”- 12"

(we can do 11-inch violas.  Please contact us for details)

 

For 'Cello

Age and height are a great way to determine your child’s ‘cello size. 

 

4/4- For anyone 12 years or older, and over 5 feet tall 

3/4- For most between the ages of 9-12 and between 4’10-5’00”

1/2- For most between the ages of 8-11 and between 4’2” and 4’9”

1/4- For most between the ages of 5-7 and between 3’8-4’1”

 

For String Bass

¾ - For anyone 12 years or older, and over 5’1” feet tall  

½- For anyone 10-12 years old and 4’2” and 5’00”

These are basic guidelines. 

 

Remember….it is always ok to play an instrument too small. 

 

Do NOT ask your child to play one that is too big.  It can be damaging to young musicians’ muscles and tendons!

We are able to measure your child anytime.  Come by the shop at your convenience. 

 

How To Size Your Child on Violin/Viola

Huthmaker Violins                  Open Tuesday to Friday 12-6

3949 Russell Street                              Saturday 10-3                         www.huthmakerviolins.com

Suwanee, GA 30024                 Closed Sunday and Monday

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