When you’re strings are old they are stinky and unhygienic. Your fingers don’t move nicely over them which means you play worse and they make your tone horrible. Wouldn’t you want your guitar to sound and feel amazing every time you picked it up?
Of course you would and it will. By taking a few minutes to read this post and taking action a few times a year your guitar playing and your tone will always be where it should be.
At the top level.
Just do this
I know how disappointing it can be when your guitar playing feels slow and your fingers seem to stick to the strings. It can also really get you down when no matter how much energy you give, your playing sounds dead and lifeless. Try following the tips below and feel and hear the difference.
- Change your strings 4 times a year (every 3 months). That’s about £/$3 a month. You can change them more regularly if you perform a lot or you are a real sweater but for most of my students this is enough if you buy decent quality strings. The idea is that it shouldn’t make a huge difference when you change them. You are just maintaining. If it does make a huge difference you should increase the frequency that you change them. Put it in your calendar so you don’t have to remember.
- Use fast fret before and after you play. This really helps to maintain the freshness of your strings. It doesn’t cost much and it lasts for ages.
- Wipe the strings with a cloth when you’ve finished. A clean microfiber one. Not an old dish cloth or a pair of old underpants with no elastic that you’ve saved in a drawer for dusting. This will remove any dirt or deposits left from sweating etc.
- Wash your hands before you start. This doesn’t sound very rock and roll but whatever is on your hands (all sorts of horrible stuff) will end up on your strings and your fret board.
This stuff isn’t difficult and anyone can do it but it makes a huge difference. It won’t be long before it becomes a habit and then you won’t even have to think about it.
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Just a quick tip. If you don’t like or know how to change your strings ask your local music shop. My local Bedrock music offers a great service that also includes a clean up of the frets and fret-board as well.
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