Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sizing Stringed Instruments

Here is a tip just in time for gearing up for the school season. Sizing a stringed instrument is a question which you will find multiple answers for. There is no absolute standard in approaching sizing of a violin, viola, or cello to a student. However, through the years, Alex has learned some general guidelines that work well.

General Guidelines for Sizing Violin & Viola Students
  • With the student standing straight with arms at side, nestle instrument into playing position on shoulder
  • Have the student reach their left arm straight out to the side, horizontal to the floor, with their palm facing up
  • The top of the scroll should meet the arm at the wrist. If the instrument is too large, it will begin to set into the palm. If the instrument is too small, it will come short of meeting the wrist.
  • The overall decision of 'pushing' a student into a larger size is typically determined by the instructor. However, a general rule is that violists can be 'pushed' more.

General Guidelines for Sizing Cello Students
  • Pull the endpin out equal-distant to the tailpiece
  • With the student sitting on the front edge of a chair and feet flat on the floor, place the cello into position
  • The curve of the scroll should sit next to the ear of the student. If the instrument is too small, the scroll will fall short of the ear. If the instrument is too large, it will rise above the student's ear.
Again, these are general guidelines that we use in shop; but there is no set standard in the business. We hope that these tips aid in the selection of a properly sized violin, viola, or cello.

-Cassandra General Manager

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