How often should we change our strings?
String change should be done regularly. When you have a fresh set of strings, your instruments sound great. So when exactly is the correct time to do it.
We recommend a change of strings every 3-6 months. Yes, it's that frequent! The best musicians do string changes every 2-3 weeks! That's because your strings have a lifespan. Over time, they get worn out, and your strings will start to deteoriorate. When they do, the sound your instrument will not be as bright as before, and you won't enjoy playing the instrument that much anymore.
Therefore, it's important to change your strings regularly, to be sounding at an optimum quality!
What if our instruments are cheap? Why should I waste money on changing strings so frequently?
Now, there are many schools of thought when it comes to changing strings. Teachers who practice regularly will recommend you to change your strings often, while others may recommend you to change them when they get rusty. Both aren't wrong. If your instrument is not a top of the line instrument, changing it regularly helps with the sound too. It may just give you that extra "oomph!" to your sound, that makes you want to practice more!
If you don't practice regularly, then yes, it is a waste of money to change your strings frequently.
How do I change my strings? Should I D.I.Y or should I send it to someone to do it?
Changing strings is a rather standard procedure. It will be good for you to learn it on your own, so you can save the cost of going to a school to do it.
However, if you are not an adult, and you are taking care of the instrument for your child, it will be better for you to send it to someone who is professional to do it for you.
Trying to D.I.Y and failing miserably could cost you more money (and time... Time = Money).
I remember when I first tried changing a set of Guitar Strings. Boy, it took so long, and it was so uncomfortable. It took me almost 40-50 mins to change a set of 6 strings.
Now, it takes me about 10-15 minutes. It's all about knowing, and if you know how to do so, it will be a lot easier.
What strings should I use?
Now this is another topic for another time! Being a guitarist, violinist and a ukulele player, there's a lot to know about when it comes to choosing strings. Tension, length, type, material etc. They all play a part in making your instrument sound good. Mostly, I would experiment on different strings on my different instruments to find the sound I like the most, find the strings that feel most comfortable for my fingers!
So, when was the last time you changed the strings on your instrument? More than 2-3 months ago? GO CHANGE THEM NOW!
See you on the next post!
Edward is a keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele and Violin teacher. He enjoys teaching multiple instruments so as to constantly be kept on his toes, using various teaching methods from each instrument to intertwine and create the best teaching pedagogy for his students.