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January 31, 2012 - 10:43 am
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Hi folks!  I ran across this website yesterday, and I must admit that it seemed rather fortuitous because I've finally decided that I'm going to just jump in and try to do something on my bucket list--learning to play the violin.  

 

However, I've got what probably seems like a pretty silly question.  I'm a big guy (6'2", 450, lineman build, 14 ring size) and I'm hesitant about whether or not a 4/4 violin is going to "fit" me.  Should I not worry, or should I go with a bigger instrument (viola, cello)?

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Maybe you should go to a music store and try some instruments on for size.  That would be the easiest way to find out.  Some places rent instruments so you don't have to commit. 

I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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Well....besides that, of course. duncecapfacepalmamuse

Sorry, cold medicine/cold is kicking my butt right now.  Just didn't know if anyone else had a similar experience and/or recommendation. 

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Feel better, dboogey.

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I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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just go for it

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While I might not be very big. I do have sausage fingers. But once you harden the skin on your fingertips (It happens automatically when you play regularly) It becomes easier and easier to play. So it shouldn't be a hinder. At least not if you are willing to work through it 🙂

"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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I am a large 6'4" guy also and I have not found any issues that could not be handled using techniques found on this forum..... but I have only been playing 2 months so far.

Obviously not a soloist yet.

 

Welcome to the group.

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I've known quite a few big guys that play. You'll need to learn special tricks to fit the tight intervals but it should work out for you. Viola is not a bad choice either. There is always a viola that fits any big person.

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Glad you mentioned the viola. I was just thinking about it and was going to post that the viola might be a good chioce. Of course there is always http://violaman.com and the viola is also a beautiful instrument just like a big violin.

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dboogey said

Hi folks!  I ran across this website yesterday, and I must admit that it seemed rather fortuitous because I've finally decided that I'm going to just jump in and try to do something on my bucket list--learning to play the violin.  

 

However, I've got what probably seems like a pretty silly question.  I'm a big guy (6'2", 450, lineman build, 14 ring size) and I'm hesitant about whether or not a 4/4 violin is going to "fit" me.  Should I not worry, or should I go with a bigger instrument (viola, cello)?

Hi. I am new here. I just want to say to dboogey to go for it. Your question is somehow similar to this common question "Is my age appropriate in learning the violin, or any instrument?" All I could say is go for it. If you really desire to learn the instrument, go for it.

I am a bit overweight but I play the instrument I love. Hope I didn't say that much smile

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As owner of violin, and 15 and 16" violas, I often monkey with the 15" viola and wonder if that might not have been a better choice.  My 36" sleeve length is not an asset for the violin.  (or my basketball class hands)

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