Choosing the Right Size Violin
When purchasing a violin, particularly for children, one of the most important aspects to bear in mind is size. Using a violin or bow that is too big or small can make playing difficult and as such different sizes of violin are available to suit the proportions of the player.
...o 1/4 size violins: typically for children aged between 6 and 8, with an arm length of around 18 to 20 inches.
...o 1/2 size violins: typically for children aged between 9 and 11, with an arm length of around 20 to 22 inches.
...o 3/4 size violins: geared towards the 12 to 14 age bracket for arm lengths of about 22 to 23.5 inches
...o 4/4 (Full / adult) size violins: for those with arms of 23.5 inches or longer.
About the Violin
The Violin is a four-stringed acoustic musical instrument that is played with a bow. It heads up the violin family of instruments that also features the Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
Sound is usually generated by pulling the bow, which consists of a stick featuring a strip of horse hair, across the violin strings, although plucking the strings by hand - known as pizzicato - is also a commonly used technique to create a different tone and resonance.
Rosin is rubbed on the bow hair to ensure its smooth progression across the violin strings.
Although Violins have ancient origins, they acquired most of their modern characteristics from Luthiers in 16th century Italy. It wasnt until the 1800s and the Baroque period that the violin began to proliferate with respected composers such as Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach using violins in their compositions.
Since then the violin has gained much love and respect from around the world as both a solo and concert instrument, and violins are now played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, folk, punk and rocknroll.