Posture is fundamental in string playing. Without correct posture students cannot master the physical skills necessary to develop basic string technique. Poor posture will cause discomfort, limit technical facility and may eventually cause pain and injury.
Young violinists do not have the physical endurance to hold up a violin that is too long, too wide or too heavy. There are several sizes of violins ranging from the smallest 1/32 to a full size (or 4/4). Many charts and measuring devices have been used to match the age, arm length, and/or height of a child with the correct size violin. These measurements are only one factor in determining the size of the violin and should be used with caution.
Selecting an appropriate size violin should be done in consultation with a knowledgeable strings specialist and the child’s private teacher. There is no one method to sizing violins. I use the following with my own students:
- The child should be able to stretch out his arm and reach his hand around scroll
- The child should be able to stretch out his arm and the scroll should rest on the inside of his upturned wrist
- The child’s elbow should be at a relaxed 90 degrees when first finger is in first position
- The child’s violin should not cross over his sternum or left shoulder
If you are unsure about the correct size violin for your child please come in and speak to a band and orchestral instrument specialists!
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