September 2015 Posts

Should My Bridge Look Like This? – FAQs

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Your bridge is an important component on your stringed instrument.  It is critically important to the sound, and playability.  It is a beautiful thing when it is right and an obstacle when it is not.  A warped bridge is not correct.  Even a slight warp will cause intonation problems.  The front of the bridge gives the impression of a lean toward the tailpiece.  It is shaped this way to give it the correct thickness, weight and to add to the beauty of the instrument. The back of the bridge should be perpendicular to the top of the instrument.

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The bridge can become warped over time, mostly due to the pressure of the strings and the drag of the strings across the bridge when tuning.  It is important to pull the bridge back into the correct position after tuning.  This is especially important when you change strings or when the strings have come completely loose, but straightness should be checked frequently and corrected when it has been pulled out of place.

Straightening a warped bridge is possible up to a point.  A very warped bridge will need to be replaced.  It is preferable to learn how to pull the bridge back into place.  The bridge notches must be smooth and preferably lubricated with pencil lead.   Brace the instrument against your body, grasp the bridge with both hands and pull gently back until it is straight.  The bridge feet should then be flat against the top.

 

If it is difficult to move the bridge, then there is a problem with the string or bridge notches.  Consult your technician to correct this.

Good care will greatly benefit your instrument.  If there are problems, the technicians at Paige’s Music are uniquely capable and happy to help you maintain your instrument in peak playing condition!

Music Education Opens Doors That Help Children Pass From School To The World Around Them

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”
~ Gerald Ford, Former President of the United States

Music Education Provides A Problem Solving Approach

Three in five Americans (61%) said it [music education] provided a disciplined problem solving approach and 59% said it prepared people to manage tasks more successfully.
~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014

Music Is About Communication, Creativity, And Cooperation

“Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.”
~ Bill Clinton, Former President of the United States

Music Education Provides People With A Disciplined Approach To Solving Problems

Two-thirds (67%) of Americans say music education provides people with a disciplined approach to solving problems.
~ The Harris Poll®, July 2014