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The Benefits of Instrument Rental

flute playerPurchasing a new instrument is a significant financial commitment, and it may be a commitment you are not ready to make. Whether you are just starting out as a musician, or you only need the instrument for a short while, sometimes making a purchase right away is not ideal. Instrument rentals may be the right option for you.

Try Before You Buy

Whether you are an advanced musician looking to pick up another instrument, or a beginner looking for your first instrument, it doesn’t always pay to buy a brand new instrument. Renting an instrument allows you to try it before you buy it. If you don’t like the instrument you selected, you can return your rental and try a different one without breaking the bank.

Special Occasions

If you only need the instrument for a short time, whether it be a gig or special occasions like a wedding or private party, it makes more sense to choose a rental. If you don’t plan on keeping an instrument for the long-term, you can always rent the instrument at a much lower cost than purchasing it new.

School Bands

When your child enrolls in the school band or orchestra, it can be challenging to pay for the instrument. You don’t even know if your child will enjoy band, so you don’t necessarily want to waste money on a new instrument. Renting the instrument allows parents to save a lot of money, and if your child really enjoys band and sticks with it, you can always purchase an instrument at a later time.

If you are interested in instrument rental in Boston, give Main Street Music, LLC a call at (781) 386-2202.

The Benefits of Taking Music Lessons as a Child

little girl playing pianoMany parents choose to enroll their children in music lessons from a young age, and studies have shown that it is excellent for the child’s personal development in many areas of their lives. Here are some of the benefits your child will enjoy as a byproduct of learning to play an instrument:

Improved Academics

When you play a musical instrument, you need to understand beat, rhythm, and scales. Music can also teach you division, fractions, and pattern recognition. All of these things can help your child excel at math. In addition, short and long-term memories are improved. Children will also learn basic physics principles by noting how their instrument responds to specific actions.

Develops Motor Skills

Learning musical instruments aids in coordination in the development of fine motor skills. Instruments require the use of several different body parts at once, like hands, arms, and even feet. This can help children excel at other activities like sports and dance.

Develops Social Skills

Taking music classes with other children encourages them to interact and develop social skills. It also teaches children to collaborate when they play together as part of an ensemble. They will need to adjust their playing to match the group, which teaches them teamwork. They will also learn valuable problem-solving skills in these group settings.

Develops Discipline and Patience

Mastering an instrument can take years, which helps children develop patience and discipline. If they want to be good at what they do, they must dedicate hours and hours of hard work to their craft.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in music lessons in Boston, contact Main Street Music, LLC today at (781) 386-2202.

Protect Your Guitar from Summer Heat Damage – Pt. 2

beautiful woman posing with acoustic guitar in the woodsIn our last post, we discussed how heat and sunlight can damage your guitar and how to prevent ruining your delicate instrument. In this post, we’ll discuss two more ways you can protect your guitar from heat damage and other environmental factors in the summer.

Wipe it Down

Human sweat can damage the finish on your guitar and destroy the neck, frets, and bridges. When you’re playing the summer, you tend to sweat more, so make sure you wipe down your guitar thoroughly after playing.

Humidity

Humidity, both low and high, is the guitar’s worst enemy. Depending on what type of guitar you have, you will need to make adjustments.  Low humidity combined with heat creates the worst conditions possible for any guitar, but especially your acoustic. The guitar can crack, warp, and even fracture in long periods of dryness. To humidify your guitar case, put a wet sponge in a plastic bag and poke some holes in it and place in the case with the holes facing up. Dampen the sponge regularly.

Solid-body guitars are not a fan of high humidity, which can cause them to swell. This swelling can damage the glue joints and alter the tone of the instrument. Keep silica gel packets in your guitar case if you are bringing it someplace humid.

The best solution for summer heat damage is to keep your guitar in a climate controlled area as much as possible. The experts at Main Street Music, LLC can repair your guitars in Boston, MA, when they become damaged. Contact us today.

Protect Your Guitar from Summer Heat Damage – Pt. 1

young woman playing guitar in a recording studioNow that summer is here; guitarists need to take special precautions to protect their instruments. Extreme weather is always a danger, and the heat can cause warping, cracking, and cause glued joints to separate. Here are a few tips you can use to ensure your guitar will stay in good condition this summer.

Keep Your Instrument Out of the Trunk

We all know that cars get unbearably hot in the summer, but did you know that your trunk can be up to 60 degrees hotter than the outside of your car? Just a few hours in the trunk can cause a host of issues like loose bridges, unaligned necks, fret heave, and warping. Even electric guitars will become damaged in that kind of heat. You should also avoid leaving your guitar in a hot vehicle in general.

Use a Hard Case

Gig bags are convenient and light-weight but don’t do much to protect your guitar. In fact, the vinyl or plastic-resin derived fabric that makes up your soft case absorbs and retains heat, which is bad news for your guitar.

Keep Out of Direct Sunlight

When playing outdoor gigs, make sure your guitar stand is in the shade if possible as the sun can damage the finish on your guitar. Also, overheated guitar strings can stretch, and may fall out of tune while you are playing.

These are just three ways that you can protect your guitar from summer heat damage. Stay tuned for our next post where we will explore how humidity can affect your guitar and how to combat it.

When you need Boston guitar repair, contact the experts at Main Street Music, LLC.

Caring for Your Piano – Pt. 1

piano tuningA piano is a significant investment, but it’s an important one for serious musicians. Once you purchase your piano, it is essential to take care of it. Here are some maintenance tips so that you can keep your piano in optimum condition.

Choose a Suitable Place – Pianos are vulnerable to extreme temperatures and high humidity, so keep your piano away from AC vents, heaters, fireplaces, doors, rooms with large windows, and your basement. These areas are prone to humidity and temperature changes that can affect your piano.

Cover the Keys – When you are not using your piano, cover the key to prevent dust from accumulating and limit exposure to things like pet hair and other contaminants. Most pianos come with a key cover, but you can also cover your piano with a drop cloth.

Don’t Eat or Drink in the Piano Room – Spilling liquids or food on your piano can damage it, so keep food and beverages, or any other type of liquid out of your piano room.

Play! – Playing your piano on a regular basis helps keep its moving parts in working order. It also helps you identify any problems with your piano quickly.

These are just a handful of tips that you can use to take care of your piano. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will share even more tips for piano care.

If you need piano repair in Boston, look no further than Main Street Music, LLC. Contact us today to have your piano repaired by a capable technician.

Warning Signs that Your Piano Needs Repair – Pt. 2

grand piano in a beautiful white room with large windowIn our last post, we discussed how tinny sounds, soft keys, and continuously falling out of tune could be your piano’s way of saying that it is in need of repairs. In this post, we’ll show you three more warning signs to look out for.

Pedals Losing Tension

Healthy pianos have tension when you push down on them. To sustain notes, or quiet your piano, you need to make sure these three pedals have the right amount of tension. If you notice that the pedals have lost their effectiveness, it is time to get your piano repaired.

Wobbly Legs and Wheels

If your piano legs or wheels are wobbling, you need to get your piano repaired as soon as possible. You cannot risk having your piano falling apart while you are playing. A qualified piano repair person can make the legs steady again so you can get back to practice.

Cosmetic Damage

Pianos can undergo cosmetic damage over the years, from scratches and nicks to broken pieces. If your piano no longer looks as beautiful as it did when you purchased it, you may want to get the cosmetic damages repaired.

When your piano is damaged and no longer plays as beautifully as it should, contact Main Street Music for instrument repair in Boston.

Warning Signs that Your Piano Needs Repair – Pt. 1

close up of piano keysYour piano is a delicate instrument that must be properly cared for. However, even with regular tuning and maintenance, some issues can arise with your instrument. If you notice any of the following, it may be time to call Main Street Music for piano repair in Boston:

The Piano is Continuously Out of Tune

Every pianist knows that their instrument needs regular tuning to stay in shape. It is also important to keep track of how often your piano is tuned. At most, you will need to tune it once or twice a year depending on the age of the piano. If you find yourself getting your piano tuned too frequently because the instrument is constantly drifting out of tune, it may be time to get repairs.

Soft Keys

Piano keys should have a decent rebound when struck. If your piano keys fall when you press them, you will need to have your piano repaired. The bounce in the keys is essential for good piano playing.

Tinny Sound

If you notice that the piano sounds a bit tinny, this is a sign that the hammers need to be repaired. Strings sound tinny when struck with something hard, so the padding on the hammers may have worn away.

These are just three of the warning signs that your piano needs repair services. Stay tuned for our next post, where we will discuss three additional signs that it’s time to have your piano repaired.

The Benefits of Tuning Your Piano Regularly

piano tuning walthamTuning a piano can be a tedious process, but it is necessary for keeping your piano in optimal condition. Your instrument’s value depends on its condition, so you need to keep it in good shape in case you ever need to sell. If you play frequently, keeping your piano in tune also ensures that you can get beautiful sound-quality every time.

Preventing Damage

Pianos are incredibly complex and delicate instruments. If one part is not in optimal condition, the quality of the instrument suffers. Regular piano tuning is needed to ensure that the strings maintain the correct tension at all times. The tension of the strings affects other delicate parts of the piano, and incorrect (or lack of) tuning can lead to expensive repairs.

The More You Tune, the Less You Need to Tune

Regular tunings mean that you will have to tune your piano less over time. This depends on the quality and health of your piano as well as the climate of your piano room. As a general rule of thumb, new pianos require two to four tunings in their first year, and at least 2 in their second year. Older, well-kept pianos can be tuned once a year.

A Professional Can Spot Issues

When you hire a professional for piano tuning, they can spot issues that you may miss. A piano tuner who is trained in piano maintenance can detect a small problem before it results in significant damage. Schedule regular piano tuning in Waltham with Main Street Music Boston, and our team will ensure that your instrument keeps performing at its best.

Welcome to the Main Street Music Boston Blog

main street music boston logoOur goal is to bring music to the wider community and inspire as many people as possible to foster a better understanding of ourselves and each other – that is what music is all about. Specializing piano sales, service, restoration, storage, moving, and tuning, our music store in Waltham, MA also supplies a wide array of musical instruments, instrument accessories, and sheet music. We also provide lessons to musicians at any level so that you can learn the basics or advanced techniques.

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