How to Pick a Violin

Learn how to pick a violin from musician Julie Artzt Becker in this Howcast video.


So, now I'm gonna teach you how to choose a violin for beginners. The first thing you have to think about, is the sizing with the arm. Now, I'm gonna show you on my violin. This is actually a 16th size and great for beginners, like, from 3 years old to 5 years old. It may be even older, depending on the size of the child. But I'm gonna do it on my violin, a full size violin, so that you see what happens with the arm. This is how you choose a violin.

Your elbow has to be bent, when your hand goes over the scroll. And if there is no bend, like I'm reaching this far, that means that the violin's too big. And if it's too cramped, at more like a 90 degree angle, then you know the violin's too small. Right here is about perfect, but you never really want too big. This big of a stretch is too much and then the child might be straining themselves.

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