Home > The West Music Blog > How Often Should I Change My Strings?
West Music Blog

The West Music Blog

How Often Should I Change My Strings?
By Amanda Hazelett
9/9/2011 3:25:00 PM

When parents come in to lease a string instrument for their children, they often wonder about the care and maintenance of this fragile piece of wood. 

A frequently asked question is how often should the strings be changed?  There is no warning light that comes on anywhere when the strings are ready for a change and no set rule, like change every 3,000 miles.  Really, what it comes down to is how often one plays.

Rosin will naturally build up on strings, as well as the oil and sweat from your hands. 

Wiping down the strings after every playing will help prevent this.  While you can’t do anything about the oil and sweat, you should never play with dirty hands. 

You can CAREFULLY clean strings with rubbing alcohol.  This will help your strings to last longer, but when they start to sound dull, it is time for a change. 

Professional musicians can change their strings every month, but a beginning student can go for 1-2 years before needing a change.  Most students are on child-sized instruments and trading for the next size up as they get bigger, so they are probably not even going to be on one instrument for more than a couple of years. 

Parents of beginning students will probably not have to worry about changing dull strings, unless one breaks. 

Tags: string instrument care, string instrument maintenance, changing strings
Categories: Band & Orchestra
Bookmark and Share


No Comments have been submitted.

Write your own comment
  Your name (required):  
  Your email address (required):  
  Your website address (optional):  
  Submit a Picture No larger than 250kb (optional):  
  Submit a video via URL (optional):  
  Your comments (required):  
Text From Image:
Band & Orchestra (94)
Classroom Furniture & Equipment (12)
Company Culture (71)
Conservatory (345)
Contests (12)
Drums & Percussion (26)
Extraordinary Associate of the Month (46)
Guitars & Folk (35)
Kids & Movement (26)
Live Sound, Recording & Software (4)
Mariachi (11)
Music Advocacy (52)
Music, Books & Resources (62)
Music Education (93)
Music Therapy (55)
Orff (15)
Pianos, Digital Pianos & Keyboards (23)
Press Releases (17)
Recorders (16)
West Music Cedar Falls (66)
West Music Cedar Rapids/Marion (110)
West Music Coralville (145)
West Music Decorah (3)
West Music Des Moines Piano Gallery (58)
West Music Dubuque (1)
West Music Quad Cities (77)
Recent Posts
It’s Science! Basic Acoustics for Musicians and Music Lovers
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Trumpet Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Trombone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Tenor Saxophone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Percussion Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time French Horn Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Flute Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Oboe Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Clarinet Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
First Time Alto Saxophone Players
  Comments: 0
  Rating: 0 / 0
McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams