Learning a String Instrument: Survival Tips for Parents and Carers
- The bow hair needs to be tightened before use – only enough for a pencil to slip between the hairs and the stick. This is done by turning the silver screw at the end of the bow in a clockwise direction. Watch out for over enthusiastic winding up – a very common occurrence.
- Rosin needs to be rubbed on the bow hair to make it sticky and grip the strings.
- The bow hair needs to be slackened again after use – very important! This takes the tension off the stick and ensures that the bow retains its correct shape.
- Keep the violin clean by dusting off the rosin powder after playing.
- Tuning the violin should be carried out by a teacher, if in doubt leave it until the next lesson.
- Pack away your violin carefully; remembering to do the zip up around the case, violins have been known to fly out of the case unexpectedly.
- Occasionally a string may break; do not be unduly concerned: Teachers carry a stock of spares and will replace the string at the next lesson making a note of the cost in the practice diary (around £3 depending on the string).
If you have any further questions or concerns, please do speak to your child’s string teacher who will be more than happy to answer your queries.