Quick Instrument Maintenance Tips

There are some basic things you can do to make sure that your instrument is in good shape long into the future. This is by no means an extensive list. We will be sharing more specific tips for each instrument group on our future blogs.

Guitars & Fretted Instruments

  1. Wash your hands before you start to play.
  2. Wipe down your strings with a clean cloth after you play.
  3. Clean your fingerboard before you replace your strings.
  4. Fit your strings properly, this is harder than it sounds, but seek advice from a professional or wait for our re-string blog post!
  5. Make sure all of the external electronics (input jack, tone & volume pots & switches) are tight and not loose as this can lead to broken connections and failure on stage!
  6. Make sure your strap buttons are not loose or the strap end as this can quickly be a guitar on the floor when you least expect it.

Violins & Orchestral

  1. Wash your hands before you start to play.
  2. Wipe down your strings with a clean cloth after you play.
  3. Wipe rosin dust off the body with a different cloth to the strings.
  4. Loosen your bow after playing and lock it back into the case with the bow spinner.
  5. Clean your fingerboard before you replace your strings.
  6. Check that your pegs are moving nicely without slipping or creaking and getting stuck. If not see a technician and they can advise on the best course of action. Peg hole reaming and soaping can go a long way.

Drums & Percussion

  1. Make sure all of your stands, pedals and memory locks are tight before you start drumming, brackets and bolts wear out quicker when they're not done up tight.
  2. Clean off any dust and oil chains or moving parts where required.
  3. Take immediate action on any rust on the kit as it will spread.
  4. Don't play on your drum skins with badly chipped or sticks with broken tips.
  5. Always strike your cymbals across the grain, not perpendicular to the grain. This will hopefully avoid splitting them.
  6. Cymbals must be able to move freely up and down, don't over tighten them.

Wind & Brass

  1. Wash your hands before you start to play.
  2. Clean & swab your instrument after every time you play to ensure moisture doesn't well in the instrument.
  3. Don't leave wet cleaning swabs inside the instrument cases. Give the instrument a chance to dry if you have time.
  4. With regard to brass instruments, bath them when valves begin to stick or move more slowly. Please consult a technician or your teacher before doing this.
  5. With regard to wooden instruments, make sure they are seasoned* before lengthy playing commences and are oiled correctly with bore oil. *Seasoned means only playing for 15 minutes a day for the first two weeks, each time leaving the instrument to air dry for a few hours. This will help the wood acclimatise to the new moisture levels from you playing it.

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