Violin Tip of the Day
For Violin Students of All Ages
Practice and Rehearsal Tips.  Technique Pointers.  Violin Care Guidance. Exercises and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers or Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
Today's Tip
Today we'll take the time to do our monthly maintenance on our pegs and especially our fine tuners..

You have four strings on your violin.  You have four pegs.  And you have four fine tuners.  This is a tip that we will use the fourth day of each month.

Examine your fine tuners regularly.  Most of the time you will find that things are just fine, but every so often you will see that you have tightened the string so much that there is not much, if any, space left on the tuner to tighten your string.

Loosen the fine tuner, so that your string goes somewhat flat.  Turn the peg backwards, so that you raise the pitch of the string that way.  Then adjust the fine tuner so that you bring the string back into pitch. 

It is much easier in the long run to check the tuners regularly and make adjustments as it is convenient than to be in a hurry to tune and find that you need to adjust the fine tuners at that time!

This is also a good time to check the strings.  Are they coated with rosin and need to be cleaned off?  If you replaced them last month they shouldn't need to be replaced, but if you are new to our daily tips you may actually need to replace strings! 

Good maintenance helps produce good sound!
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