Which violin should I buy?
Before you go to the music shop, don’t try to pick an instrument without having a budget in mind. Choosing is not easy, but this will eliminate a good amount of options. What do you want with your playing? Are you pursuing a professional career? Do you want to play solo, orchestra, or chamber? Your goal and plans as a musician are fundamental.
You have to play the instrument that feels right in your hands, like an extension of your body. What is the perfect sound? What do you want your music to be like? Your ears choose the instrument you play. The size of the violin is a factor to consider when shopping for one. The violin is a hard instrument to learn, but it’s infinitely more challenging if you start on an instrument that’s either too big in size or too small.
There are also 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16, and 1/32 violins for children. If you’re of smaller stature or have smaller hands, you may find that a 7/8 size works better. But when it comes to buying a violin—mainly a used one—it’s best to get fitted by a professional or have someone measure you.