Violist checking in. All my life I've been unable to play a 16" because I'm only 4'11" but I actually just got a new viola last week that is a 16"! How? The upper bout was made smaller so I can still reach upper positions comfortably and it didn't have to be made longer to the point where I couldn't reach. So sometimes in sizing, it could just come down to the instrument itself in terms of comfort! Of course... now it's heavier and that's something to get used to..
Violas are definitely heavy.
When I switch too fast between violin and viola it gets really weird. Like I’m afraid that I might do something awful to my violin.
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I'm a 5'2" cellist, and I played a full size for many years before I realized that a 7/8 size worked much better for me. It's not as much height as it is the length of your legs; I have short legs and a longer torso, so the slender body of the 7/8 cello works really well for me. I have a friend who is the same height as me, but with a short torso and long legs, and she comfortably plays a montagnana model.
The cello is somewhat height dependent but I wouldn't recommend stretching out your fingers! I'm 5'2'' and I play on a seven eighths because my hands are tiny. It's harder to find, but I thought it was definitely worth it, especially because overstretching can be really bad for your hands.
I have no idea how my sister manages, but I think she’s comfortable now.
I'm a bit late to the discussion, but cello is somewhat height dependent, I suppose... I think it's more of a matter of how able you are to fit around the instrument, though. I'm 5'2 and I play a full sized cello. :) Also how experienced you are plays a role, possibly, because you have a longer stretch the larger the instrument...?? I'm just guessing here. :)
Probably. My sister’s on the small side but she plays a full-size. She just had to get used to the stretch a LOT—she complained that her fingers hurt a ton last year.
Violin is kinda height dependent too! A lot of my friends are under 5 feet and have played with a 7/8 for a while. It's a bit weight dependent as well- my little sister is tall enough for a full size but according to her teacher, isn't strong/heavy enough to support it (crazy I know!) haha
Ahhhh yes. I don’t remember what size I play but my arm gets super super tired after awhile.
The person with the sizing question can get a rough idea of which size is correct by holding the violin under their chin and stretching their left arm out directly in front of them to see where the scroll ends. If the scroll hits right at their wrist or a little above that, it's the right size, but if it hits closer to the middle of the forearm it's too small.
I'm 4'10", and a 3/4 violin is a bit small for me - probably better for the 11-year-old asker to get a full size one especially since they're probably still got growing left to do, unless their arms are super short compared to height (I'm about average)
Well, there’s your answer!
I remember I didn’t get my full size until about… 5 years ago? So when I was 14. But then again, I was pretty small.
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