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Old 11-30-2009, 12:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
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my not quite 3 year old is interested in lessons... what size violin are we looking at? i have a 1/4 size one here from DS.

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I would guess that a 1/4 size will be too big. DS is an average sized 8 year old and will soon be moving into a 12" viola which is equivalent to a 1/2 size violin (right now he is in an 11" / 1/4 size). When he was measured at an older 6 he needed a 1/8.

 

 

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Take your little one to a music store or a violin teacher to be sized.

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Take your little one to a music store or a violin teacher to be sized.


My 5yo had a 1/16. I think they said the smallest is 1/32.

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okay, there is a store around the corner. i just thought i'd start looking on craig's list.

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There is a 3 year old in my DS's violin group class and she uses a 1/32 violin, the smallest available (from what I hear). My son was 10 when he moved up from 1/4 to a 1/2 size violin. I think there's no way your 3 year old will use a 1/4 violin for a while.
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I started when I was 3 1/2 and I am pretty sure that my first was a 1/8 size but I was very tall and gangly and the determining factor is arm length. I could have had a 1/16th though... I will ask my mom. A 1/4 will be too large for a 3 year old though for sure.
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