Musical Notes

Muscial Notes 101 – Part 5 (Care for your instrument)

To conclude this series on Musical Notes I find that it is fit to mention

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about Instrumental Care.

For a musical instrument to preform at its optimal condition it should be well taken care of. The

violin which I had cost $3K when bought way back and had to go through a few minor repairs when neck came lose.

Violin Care Tips


  • Keep your violin out of the humidity and extreme changes of temperature as it would cause the glue at the joints to loosen and warp the wood.
  • Wipe the violin daily to rid it of dust and dirt.
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  • Monitor your violin for any crack and send it for repair if necessary.
  • Loosen the strings of the bow before putting it back into the case.
  • Wash your hands before you use your instrument.
  • Keep your instrument in the case when not in use.
  • Remove the shoulder rest and place it separately into the violin case.



Piano Care Tips


  • Any change in humidity and temperature may adversely affect the piano. Therefore it is advisable to keep the heating rod installed in the
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    piano switched on 24/7

  • Tune the piano at least once( or twice) yearly.
  • Use a soft moist wet cloth to clean the keys of the piano.
  • Use the feather duster or static free cloth to dust the piano frequently.
  • You can use a vacuum cleaner to clean the soundboard of the piano.



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Musical Notes- Part 4 (The Piano)

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The Piano is the 1st instrument that I was introduced to as a child. It is also the 1st instrument that I have introduced to both Ryan & Roy.  This instrument is normally the base instrument that one would learn before branching out to other secondary instruments Ie: Violin, Guitar, Flute.

Let me start off by showing you the skeleton of the piano

Whenever you strike a key on the piano, a felt hammer would have struck briefly at a particular  steel string within the piano. The sound that is produced is a result of the metal string vibrating upon being hit. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that amplifies them.

When you play a chord, two or more strings would be vibrating at the same time and the blended sound would be resonating from it.

If you look at the bottom of the piano you would see 3 pedal in the centre.

The pedal which you would use the most often would be the extreme right – Sustain pedal. It lifts the dampers from all keys, sustaining all played notes, and altering the overall tone.The leftmost pedal is the soft pedal. By stepping on this pedal, the hammers  moves closer to the strings, allowing the hammers to hit the strings with less force and produce a softer sound.The  middle pedal called the  celeste pedal.

This drops a piece of felt between the hammers and strings, greatly muting the sounds.However the middle pedal is seldom used unless you intend to play into the wee hours of the night and do not want to disturb the neighbours.For me getting my boys to learn the Piano at this stage is for them to enjoy music, develop their sense of co-ordination, ability to listen subjectively.  It also helps in their right-brain training as it aids in them seeing the bigger picture between each and every piece that they play.A few months ago I posted on which piano method Ryan was using. 

He is still playing songs from the Suzuki Piano Method Vol 1 and is halfway through that book.  He is now able to co-ordinate both his right and left hands while playing syncopated tunes.Have you started your kids on learning a musical instrument?Tune in to the last part of the 5 part series on Musical Notes tomorrow.If you have missed any of the earlier parts of the series here they are:

Post in this series

– Musical Notes  101 (Part 1)

– Musical Notes 101 (Part 2)

Musical Notes 101 (Part 3) The violin

Musical Notes 101 (Part 4) The Piano

-Musical Notes 101( Part 5 Care for your Instrument