Take Care of Your String Instrument
Always put the instrument and the bow back in your case and close the case when it’s not being played.
Never leave your instrument in the car! Hot or cold extremes can damage the instrument.
Never use a commercial furniture polish, water, wood cleaner, or any type of glue on your violin. These products can strip the varnish, weaken the glue, or otherwise ruin the instrument.
If the instrument looks like it needs repairs, take it to Annapolis Bows & Violins as soon as possible to have it looked at by a professional luthier.
- Tighten the bow only enough to play; the stick should still curve towards the hair.
- Rosin the bow only enough to make a sound when drawn across the strings.
- Tune your violin using the fine tuners (if it’s only a little out of tune) or the tuning pegs (if it’s a lot out of tune). Use a tuner or tuner app for help!
- Wipe the rosin dust off the instrument and strings with a soft cloth.
- Loosen the bow until the hair touches the stick.
- Make sure to take the shoulder rest or sponge off before putting the instrument back in the case.