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November 6, 2014 - Musical instruments

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Whip Your Instruments Into Shape – Manhattan Guitar School Tells You How

Do you love your musical instrument and treat it with tender loving care? We hope so because the more tenderness and attention you give it, the longer it will serve you.

Proper care of your instrument will not only help maintain its shiny coat, but also the quality of its sound. (Yes, we realize that we are talking about an inanimate object, but if you don’t believe that instruments have feelings, just listen to the Beatles .)

As you can see, guitars do occasionally shed tears, even when handled by very capable hands of George Harrison. By the same token, the piano may wince when you step on its pedal and the drum might feel the pain when it is beaten – well, you get the idea!

All this to say that being kind to your instruments will make an…instrumental difference in how it responds to you.

Be mellow to your cello!

Yes, it is important to take good care of your instrument, and, as in so many other things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

The first step is to keep the instrument safe from harm. For example, don’t hang clothes on the saxophone, keep your parakeet from building a nest inside the guitar, shoo the cat away from the piano , and – though it does sound far-fetched – make sure an elephant doesn’t step on the flute.

Needless to say, all of these actions will cause damage to the innocent instrument, and you’d have to pay a pretty penny to repair it or buy a replacement.

Fortunately, taking care of your instrument is not rocket science. It’s just a matter of common sense and is really quite simple:

  • Wash and dry your hands before playing. It’s all too easy to get dirt and grease on the instrument.
  • For obvious reasons, don’t eat or drink while holding your instrument. Getting crumbs out from the hollow parts and other crevices is difficult, and spilled liquid will not only damage the exterior finish, but may also alter the instrument’s sound. You don’t want your violin to screech like a dentist’s drill, do you?
  • Protect the instrument from extreme temperatures, as well as humidity – exposure to both could cause the glue to soften and some parts might even break off.
  • Keep the instrument properly stored – either in its own case, or somewhere safe, away from the traffic. It doesn’t take much for a pet or family member to accidentally step on or trip over an instrument.
  • After you play, gently wipe down the instrument. You don’t actually have to wear while gloves – a soft cloth will do just fine!
  • If your instrument does get damaged, its repair should not be a DIY project. Take it to a professional or, for the piano, ask one to come to your house. Never, ever attempt to insert sharp objects into an instrument – you might be able to hoof a horse with a Swiss Army Knife, but not repair a violin.

Quick – start polishing!

The teacher we will send to your Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Riverdale home will be happy to give you (or your child) a lesson on the instrument of your choice.

But know this: all our teachers have an excellent ear for music (need we even say that?) and will immediately hear if your instrument sounds wacky. So if you have been neglecting your instrument, please give it some urgent TLC before our sharped-ear teacher shows up on your doorstep!

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