Guides from The Music Shoppe to help you get started on a new instrument!
How to Tune a Drum Head Learning to tune a drum head is just as important as knowing your flams and paradiddles. And just like rudiments, tuning takes practice. If your first try doesn't meet your expectations, don't give up; it may take several attempts to find the right sound. Learning the Cross [...]
Good Habits for Healthy Instruments: Woodwinds Maintaining your instrument doesn't have to be a painstaking process; a lot of damage to woodwinds can be prevented with easy daily routines. Here are the best habits for extending your woodwind's life. Keep your instrument clean Run a swab through your woodwind after every session. Moisture left in your instrument [...]
Winter Care Tips for Orchestral Instruments Cold weather can take a toll on any wooden instrument. Violins, violas, cellos, and basses are especially fragile due to the thinness of the wood and the pressure the strings put on the instrument. During the winter, you want to avoid quick temperature changes and [...]
How to Oil Valves on Trumpet, Baritone, and Tuba To keep your trumpet, baritone, or tuba playing great, get in the habit of regularly oiling your valves. Our technicians recommend an oiling schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for daily players. If you only play a few times a week, always begin with a fresh oiling. Oiling does more [...]