Taking Care of Your String Instrument

  • Taking Care of Your String Instrument

    • After playing, put your instrument away in its case properly. Remember what your instrument looks like and how it is positioned in its case before you take it out so you can put it back correctly each time. Hopefully this will help you to avoid damaging the instrument.
    • Try to avoid placing any extra objects in the instrument case where they may not belong in order to keep your instrument safe from unnecessary harm. Shoulder rests, rock stops, cello anchors, tuners and other accessories are objects that should be stored out side the instrument case in a separate storage compartment if possible.
    • If a string on your instrument happens to break,       DO NOT attempt to replace it yourself. Notify and bring the instrument to your teacher ASAP so we can assess the damage and fix it quickly. It is a good idea to have an extra set of strings in your instrument case at all times. Due to the limited supply of emergency replacement strings for students who may encounter an unpredictable string popping/breaking during lessons or rehearsal, students may be asked to purchase the required replacement string(s) at a local music store. Once the string(s) is/are acquired by the student, the store salesperson or teacher will then be able to replace it correctly.
    • After playing your string instrument, clean it properly by wiping all excess rosin from the strings and body of the instrument. Rosin is a very sticky substance that, over time, can build up and can become difficult to remove. Only use fabric that is designed for this purpose. DO NOT use napkins or paper towels as they will leave particle residue that obstructs the path of the bow when playing. You can purchase a cleaning cloth from any local music store. 
    • ALWAYS loosen your bow when you are finished practicing to avoid unnecessary stress that can lead to warping and breaking of the bow. This can affect your progress and performance on your instrument.
    • Keep your string instrument safe by keeping it out of extreme temperatures like extreme cold that can crack or fracture wood and extreme heat that can melt the glue that holds that instrument together.
    • Do your best to never leave your instrument unattended. You are responsible if someone else damages your instrument. Keep it in a safe place.
    • All ways wash your hands before playing your instrument in order to keep it clean.
    • Treat your string instrument with respect and care so it will sound good for you when you play it. Be delicate with your string instrument and it will last a long time. String instruments are fragile and may break easily if mishandled.   



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