When is it okay to move up a violin size?



Asked by: Hugo Anderson

When should I upsize my violin?





Just under the next size up?

Violin Size Arm Length Age (Guide Only)
1/16 Violin 35.5cm or 14in 3 to 5 Years Old
1/10 Violin 38cm or 15in 3 to 5 Years Old
1/8 Violin 42cm or 16in 3 to 5 Years Old
1/4 Violin 47cm or 18.5in 4 to 7 Years Old

Do adults play 3 4 violin?

Many smaller adults wonder if they need to play on a 3/4 size instrument because they’re unaware of the range of sizes available, or feel that full size (4/4) is too large. The range of adults who can play on a full-size violin is far greater than for viola or cello.

Can an adult play a 1/4 size violin?

Most adults (and some children from around age 10) will require a full-size violin. It depends on the length of your arm and what you feel you can hold comfortably.
What size violin do I need?

VIOLIN SIZE LENGTH (Neck to wrist)
1/4 44 cm,17 ¼ inches
1/2 48.5 cm,19 inches
3/4 52 cm, 20 ½ inches
4/4 54 cm, 21 ¼ inches

How do I know if my violin is the right size?

Most all adults use a full size violin. To measure what size violin best suits you, you need to know the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm or left wrist. This is measured when your hand is fully extended and raised perpendicular to your body, just like holding a violin.

What size violin should a 13 year old get?





Violin Sizing Chart

Violin Size Age of Player Violin Measurements: Length: Body AND Total (Inch / cm)
3/4 size 9-12 years 13″ AND 21″ 33cm AND 53.3cm
7/8 size Small Teen / Adult approx 13.5″ AND 22.5″ approx 34.3cm AND 57.2cm
4/4 or Full size 11 years to Adult 14″ AND 23″-23.5″ 35.5cm AND 60cm

Does the size of a violin matter?

On the one hand, smaller instruments can typically be easier to play, as they require less strength and less dexterity from the player’s fingers. In addition, a smaller violin will produce a brighter and more focused sound than a larger instrument.

What is the best size violin for beginners?

Children often start the learning process on a good quality 1/10, 1/8, 1/4/ or 1/2 size violin, depending on their size. Some of the finest makes on offer are the Forenza and Stentor brands, expertly manufactured to achieve excellent results.

Is a 4 4 violin a full size?

Violins are available in 8 different sizes: 4/4 (also called full size), 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16 and 1/32. Size 4/4 is the biggest and size 1/32 is the smallest.

What age is a 3/4 violin for?

Typical Violin Sizes



Violin Size Overall Length Age Range
Quarter Size 1/4 18 1/8 inches (460 mm) 4 to 6 years
Half Size 1/2 20 7/16 inches (519 mm) 6 to 9 years
Three Quarter Size 3/4 21 11/16 inches (551 mm) 8 to 12 years
Full Size 4/4 23 1/4 inches (591 mm) Adults and teenagers

Can a 10 year old play a full size violin?

Violin Options
Violins are either full-size (4/4) or described fractionally, i.e. 1/10, 1/8, 1/4 etc. As an average rule, adults and children aged 11+ play full size instruments.

What size of violin do I need for a 9 year old?

Go with a half-size violin if their arm length is 18.5–20 in (47–51 cm). The half-size violin is the midpoint on the violin size spectrum. This size is recommended for most 7-9 year old children and 2nd to 3rd graders. The average size of the half-size violin body is about 19–20 in (48–51 cm).