If you want to show the love of your life how much you care, but don’t know where to start, we’ve put together a handy guide on how to love your instrument.
Whether you play with one or multiple, if you’re a soloist, or enjoy group activities, we’ve got some tips on how to treat your instrument right.
Lucas – Has the Horn
My top tip for looking after your saxophone would be to make sure that the pads are dry after use. Wet pads can cause many potential problems that may make it difficult to play with your horn.
You should use a swab every time you are finished playing.
Steve – Playing with your Organ
Whether you play digital piano, keyboards or an organ, after you’ve tickled the ivories it’s always best to play it safe and use a cover. Dust can wreak havoc on pretty much all electronic equipment and can reach even the small and more sensitive components inside the instrument.
Benni – Always Strumming
Dirty strings are a total turn off for me. Depending on the situation I have two ways of a fixing a dirty string scenario.
1 – Lubrication. Fast Fret is a high-quality string and neck lubricant/string cleaner for all stringed instruments. String cleaning products like this are great at prolonging string life and help maintain a clear tone for longer before you have to install a new set. Fast Fret lets fingers slide freely, keeps strings clean, and is good for wood.
2 – Get New Strings. If you’re not getting the same feeling out of your instrument as you used to, it might be time to change your strings. I usually change mine on a monthly basis, but depending on how often you play with yours, you might want to change them more frequently. Don’t be scared to experiment with new strings. Different gauges and string types will provide new sounds but may feel different on your fingers.
Bob – Looking After Your Wood
Wood can be a lot harder to look after than you think. This is definitely the case with acoustic guitars. You don’t want your acoustic to get too hot and humid – the humidity should be around 45% to keep your instrument healthy.
If your instrument gets too moist, a whole heap of problems can arise such as warping on the back and end block, high action and a dull and lifeless sound.
Tommy – Beat It
If you’re a drummer like me, then you might like it rough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat your kit to a bit of gentle attention every now and then.
If your drums are left set up for long periods, keep them dusted. Better yet, keep them covered.
A wipe down with a clean cloth and some household cleaner can remove grease and other film from drums and hardware, but you should strip it down from time to time and clean it all properly with a soft cloth and some non-abrasive polish.
We’ve got everything you could need to take care of your instrument, from cleaning kits to accessories, cases and padded bags to spare parts, so treat yourself (and your instrument), you’ll thank us later.