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How To Care For Wood Instruments During Fall and Winter

Posted by: david at 8:39 pm on September 12th, 2016

violin.jpgIt’s hard to believe that summer is over and cooler temperatures are on their way. Along with lower temps, fall and winter bring low levels of humidity. There is no time like now to make sure you and your instruments are ready for cold weather. In this short article I discuss how you can keep your instrument in top playing condition in spite of the changing weather.

Winter is hard on wood instruments such as guitars and violins. The dry air could cause your instrument to become unplayable. Or worse, permanently damage your valuable investment. Fortunately the solution is easy and inexpensive. Follow the simple steps below to keep your instrument in top shape.

All you need is an instrument humidifier. There are many designs to choose from, but essentially they all do the same thing. Here’s how they work:
• Add water to the humidifier once or twice a week.
• Keep your instrument in its case to contain the humidity. Hard shell cases work the best.
• Improve the effectiveness of the humidifier by storing your instrument away from heat sources. Closets, spare bedrooms, or basements are all excellent places.

As the water in the humidifier evaporates it will be absorbed by the wood of your instrument. The colder it is outside, the drier the air inside your home will be. That’s why you will need to refill your humidifier more often in the middle of winter than in the fall or spring.


As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” A little bit of effort will save you a lot of headaches down the road, which you keep you playing music and having fun!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for private lessons contact The Marion Music Academy at 319-377-3343.


david-arnold-live-solo.jpgA graduate of Luther College, David Arnold has been providing high quality private music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years. His specialties include saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar. Drawing upon his diverse musical background, David provides a unique experience that merges his formal training in music with his professional performance experiences. Students will learn to be confident, well rounded musicians that are capable of performing in a wide array of musical settings.