TakeLessons Explores Cold-Weather Instrument Care for Musicians

With the holiday season well underway, TakeLessons shared with music students a few cold-weather tips for caring for instruments.

Online PR News – 08-December-2011 – – With the holiday season well underway, many music stars - from the Killers to Glee to Michael Buble - are getting into the spirit by releasing holiday albums. But when the weather outside is this frightful, it's essential for musicians to take special care of their instruments.

TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to share a few tips for winter instrument care on their blog.

The following is an excerpt from the blog post:

"For flutes:
The cold does not affect the flute as much as it does many other instruments. The most important thing to remember is to blow warm air into the instrument to warm it up before playing, mostly to help intonation. Also, make sure to clean out the instrument when finished playing. If moisture remains inside the instrument, it could freeze and create frost on the pads and keys, which may cause pads to stick and could cause permanent (and expensive!) damage to pads, springs, and screws.

For clarinets:
In very cold weather, corks can freeze and it will be very difficult to put a clarinet together. Never force a clarinet together, as the corks will tear and then the instrument will not be playable. Use cork grease and then put the instrument together. Also, be sure to clean out the instrument when finished playing. Similar to the flute, if moisture remains inside the instrument, it could freeze and create frost on your pads and keys, causing permanent damage. If the clarinet is wooden, warm it up to about body temperature before blowing warm air into it. The wood can crack, and this cannot be repaired. Repairmen like to joke that once wooden clarinets, oboe, or piccolos crack, they essentially become firewood."

By sharing the tips with blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where readers can also learn the everyday benefits of listening to music, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).

About TakeLessons
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.

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