String Instrument care

Caring for your instrument is very important. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your instrument does not become damaged or broken.

General care

  • A string instrument is made from thin wood and joined only with special glue. It is affected by heat, so don't leave it in the sun or near a heater
  • Keep your instrument in a safe place at home, where it won't be knocked
  • Do not turn the pegs on your instrument
  • Clean the instrument with a dry cloth (no polish to be used)
  • Never touch the hairs of the bow
  • Always slacken the hairs after use
  • Do not tighten the bow too much: the teacher will show you how much to do it
  • Instruments and bows should be returned to the case when not in use


  • Always open the case on a flat surface and pick up the instrument by its neck
  • Never put your instrument down on its front; this may damage the bridge
  • If using a pad this should be removed before closing the case
  • Do not keep music in your case: use a folder or a carrying case
  • Make sure the case is shut properly before carrying it


  • Always lay your cello down on its side
  • If you are leaving the cello even for a few minutes, push in the endpin
  • Never try to stand the cello up leaning against anything
  • Be careful of the neck of the cello when carrying it: it can be easily broken off
  • Don't drag your cello along the ground when carrying it in its case

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