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Maintaining a Violin – Part 1

All musicians without a doubt love to play their instruments and when you are just starting out, you would enjoy working on your newfound knowledge regularly. But with this also comes responsibility in taking care of your instrument. Violins don’t really come cheap but if they are taken care of, they provide a long service. To know more about how to purchase a violin, check out: http://www.singaporeviolinlessons.com/blog/how-to-buy-a-violin/.

Maintaining your violin should be a part of your basic violin lessons since it is an important component of your learning. If you develop a regular and organized cleaning and maintenance habit, then your violin will be with you for a long time. Here are some tips for doing so!

Apply rosin

Rosin is a type of resin obtained from plants. It has many uses and is used widely with stringed instruments. Applying rosin on your bow makes it easier for it to grip the strings. The vibration then produced is much clearer. It also prevents friction between the instrument and the bow, which can lead to damage. Hence, always apply rosin evenly before you start playing.

Wipe after playing

Your violin bow is rubbed with rosin to make it compliant while playing. But rosin can be sticky and can destroy the instrument if it is not regularly wiped off. It can come into contact with the instrument while playing and if not immediately taken care of, can make the instrument dirty. So always use a nice cloth to wipe down the instrument after each playing session. The cloth should be soft, lint-free, and dry. Wipe every part of your instrument, including the bows!

Put the instrument away

It is obvious that you will take out your instrument to practice regularly. But even if you are just going to bring it out again in a few hours, just put it away in its case for those few hours. Don’t be lazy and leave it out in the open. Violins need to be treated with respect and leaving them out in the open exposed to the elements can lead to damage. Even worse, accidents are very prone to happen with someone stumbling over it or send it crashing down on the floor. Make it a habit to put the violin back in its case every single time!

Maintain the temperature

The violin requires a stable temperature for long-term maintenance. When it is exposed to extreme heat, it can get expand. When it is exposed to extreme heat, it can shrink. In both cases, the violin can get cracked, leading to damage. At best, it can go out of tune. The ideal way to keep your violin safe is to keep it in a case and not expose it directly to the elements except while you are actually playing it.

Use a humidifier

Taking care of the temperature is important, but even more important is to ensure that the moisture in the air doesn’t destroy your instrument. While extreme temperatures can harm your violin, high moisture or extreme dryness can also do the same. To prevent this from happening, invest in a good humidifier and place it in the violin case along with the violin. This will ensure that your violin is kept under near-perfect conditions.

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