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Old 03-17-2011, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My arm measures about 24 inches from the top of my collarbone to my knuckles. I am wishing to buy a 15" viola, is that a wise decision? The Google results say I should use s 14" inch viola, but I am scared that the size might make the viola sound higher in pitch. Does the size of a viola change its range of pitches?
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No, the pitch doesn't change, because even though it's shorter scale, you're still tuning the string to the same pitch as a standard viola and the spacings for each note will also scale according to the instrument size. The note spacing for a 1/32 size viola/violin is in exactly the same ratio as the 4/4 size in comparison to the string.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, the pitch doesn't change, because even though it's shorter scale, you're still tuning the string to the same pitch as a standard viola and the spacings for each note will also scale according to the instrument size. The note spacing for a 1/32 size viola/violin is in exactly the same ratio as the 4/4 size in comparison to the string.
Wow you are fast to respond. Thanks a lot for the info., but one last question, where do you place the chin rest for a viola? Do you push it all the way to the side of your throat, rest it upon the top of your collarbone, or rest in from of your collarbone on your deltoid/arm?
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's a pic. Easier than me trying to explain:

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