Always take care of your hands.

With a stringed instrument, a large part of the quality of the sound that you produce is from the contact of your skin with the string itself.  Also, flexibility and general health of your hands is key to making any music at all other than open strings.

When you go out in the cold, wear gloves.

When your hands are dry, use moisturizer.

Take care of your nails.

Don't put your hands in dangerous situations.  What do I mean by that?  Well, I used to play catcher on a baseball team.  If I were to advise someone today I would tell them to pick a different position.

Am I saying, avoid all fun and work with your hands?  NO!  Not at all!  All I am saying is:
        
BE CAREFUL!
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Violin Tip of the Day - November 5
* Violin Tips for Practice and Rehearsals.

* Violin Technique and Exercises.

* How to Care for Your Violin.

* Inspiration and Motivation for Violinists, Fiddlers, or
   Anyone Interested in Stringed Instruments.
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