Please take a moment to review this information to ensure that you, your child, and I are all on the same page when it comes to the Suzuki Method! Thanks!
Q: What is the proper care for my child’s instrument?
A: Keep the violin/bow in a secured case whenever it’s not in use.
Never store the violin with the shoulder pad still attached, this puts pressure on the bridge when the case is closed. Find somewhere else to store the shoulder rest.
Loosen the horse hair after each use and re-tighten before each use (3 turns).
Rosin the horse hair (10 strokes up/down hair) every 3rd use.
Using a non-lint cloth, wipe away rosin residue from strings, bow stick, and the violin varnish.
Replace strings every 9-12 months, even if they don’t break on their own. Keep a “set” (all 4 strings) of strings in the case at all times for emergency string replacement. Ask me how to replace them, it’s easy!
Never replace more than one string at a time/month
Be sure to always check the alignment of the bridge. The bridge can easily shift right or left or become “slanted” from tuning. This affects the tone of the violin.
Q: Is there any “violin music” other than the Suzuki CD’s my child can listen to?
A: Yes!! I have outlined a “Major Violin Repertoire” list that I include on the reverse side of upper book review charts. If you would like a copy of this list, please ask. Please expose your child to symphony experiences whenever possible. The repertoire list exposes them to the major violin works composed for the violin that “every aspiring musician” should learn. Listening is a must, and exposing them to classical music other than the Suzuki repertoire is essential for proper development!