It’s very important to pick the right cello size so that practicing and learning the instrument will be enjoyable. The larger the cello means the larger the distance between fingered notes on the strings. The wrong instrument will make it difficult to play comfortably using proper technique and hand positioning.
Cello sizes are notated as fractions. The ones listed below are the most common, although, cellos can be made in many different size options.
1/8 size, 1/4 size, 1/2 size, 3/4 size, 4/4 size
There are a few common methods used to determine the correct cello size for a student.
Using a Cello
This is a method to use if you have different sizes at your disposal that you want to try out. First, you want to sit straight in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Release the end pin and rest the cello against your body in playing position. While in this position, check for the following:
- Your left knee should be touching the curve below the lower bout.
- There should be a few inches of clearance between your shoulder and the neck of the cello.
- The C string peg should be near your left ear.
- The upper rim of the cello should be resting in the center of your chest (breast bone).