Competition

We’ve something a little different for you today… a word search puzzle. All the words are brands associated with us and include instruments and accessories.

We’ll put all the right answers into a hat and draw for a small prize from our giftware collection. You have until 10am on Monday 24th September to enter via our Facebook page.

On your marks, get set, go!

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Alberti

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday post is a birthday tribute to Giuseppe Matteo Alberti, born this day in 1685.

Alberti was an Italian Baroque composer and violinist. In 1705, he became a member of the Accademia Filarmonica. From 1709, he played the violin in the orchestra of the San Petronio Basilica in Bologna. Later, he was elected a president of the Accademia Filarmonica six times, the first time in 1721. In 1726, he became maestro di capella of San Giovanni in Monte and in 1734 of San Domenico.

His works were influenced by Antonio Vivaldi and they were much played in England. He wrote mostly instrumental works and published 12 symphonies as well as 10 concertos in six parts for violins.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find a picture of Alberti so we’ve had to make do with an album cover.

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String Care

Today our #WednesdayWisdom is looking at string care. Although much of what we’ll say applies to all strings, some advice will apply only to those using metal strings. With that in mind, read on…

Asking how long will strings last is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string as there are many variables involved; the quality of the strings, how often you play, and how you look after them.

We only sell quality strings and it is very much a case of you get what you pay for. Yes, you can get much cheaper strings that are made in the Far East but they won’t last as long. We can’t help you with how much you play but, if you follow our tips, you can extend the life of your strings…

1. Do not over-stretch your strings during the tuning process.

2. De-tension the strings when not using your instrument.

3. Be careful not to crimp the strings at the tuner peg when replacing the guitar strings.

4. Check the condition of the guitar bridge and bridge saddle regularly to avoid breaking a string during the replacement process.

5. Monitor the condition of your guitar frets and replace any frets that develop excessive wear or sharp edges.

And finally,
6. Always clean your guitar strings when you finish playing the guitar.

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