Instrument sizes demystified 1. Introduction

How old does my child need to be to play the french horn? (Or bassoon, oboe, double bass, drum kit – substitute any instrument you like.)

I get asked this question a lot. And I mean A LOT! And no wonder, because it’s a really important question. You don’t want to start a child on an instrument that is going to be too big and cumbersome. Nothing worse than a child who won’t practise because it’s too uncomfortable to play!

So, over the next few posts I’ll give you a quick guide. Just remember that children as well as instruments come in different sizes, so any age ranges are very approximate. And you will be the best person to know when your child is old enough for their concentration to survive to the end if a 15 or 30 minute instrumental lesson…

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