*All BRASS MOUTHPIECES (trumpet, trombone) can be soaked in a cup of hot water to disinfect OR put on TOP RACK of dishwasher.
*All WOODWIND MOUTHPIECES (clarient, saxophone) can be soaked TIP DOWN in warm water to disinfect. (The cork will be damaged if it gets wet)
*Tips for REEDS:
- Make sure you are using the reed guards so the reeds dry correctly.
- Throw reeds out after you have been sick (even if they are still "good")
- If your reed is discolored, chipped or cracked throw the reed out and get a new one.
- Reeds should be disguarded monthly, if nothing happens to them before that time!
*All FLUTE HEADJOINTS- use a damp hot cloth to wipe down the head joint. Do NOT submerge in water- it will damage the cork inside the flute.
Cleaning the Flute Head Joint
- Using a cotton swab saturated with denatured, isopropyl alcohol, carefully clean around the embouchure hole.
- Using a soft, lint-free silk cloth inserted into the cleaning rod, clean the inside of the headjoint.
- Do not run the headjoint under water as it may saturate and eventually shrink the headjoint cork.
Avoid using cleaning products on string instruments. Use a dry cloth to wipe off the instruement. "Cleaning products" could lift the color off the fingerboard so use at your own risk - Do not use any products on the wood!
Wintertime is a rough time for our instruments. The cold and humidity like to make our strings go out of tune often. If your instrument is out of tune you can bring it in any day and I will tune it for you. Most music stores will tune instruments free of charge if you are in a pinch during a vacation!
Some tips that will help your instrument stay in tune….
1. Keep it where you would want to stay! No cold basements, trunks of cars or by the fireplace!
2. You are the only one allowed to touch your instrument.
3. Do not touch the pegs or fine tuners.
4. Make sure your instrument is in a safe place, so it cannot be tripped on or moved around.
5. Wipe the rosin off your strings, bow and instrument with your cloth in your case.
Stay Healthy Everyone!
Below, A piece titled "Winter Flu Polka" Who knew Coughing and sneezing could be "musical"! :)